Digital Collections
 
The National Library's Map Collection
About the Digitised Map Collection
Using the Digitised Map Collection
System Requirements
Minimum Screen Resolution

Minimum Browser Versions

Navigation
Image Displays

View

Examination

Interactive Map

Interactive Map Thumbnail

Thumbnails

Tiles

Navigation Tools

Zooming

Using the Select Page Menu

Using Arrow Buttons

Interactive Map Zooming
Interactive Map Panning

Interactive Map Plug-ins

Breadcrumbs

Copyright
Copying and Downloading
Printing Digital Collection Items
Print Button

Printing Through Your Browser

Printing Background Colours and Images

Citing Digital Collection Items
More Information

Persistent Identifiers

Item and Page Citation

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies
Publishing Digital Collection Items
Accessing Original Collection Items
Borrowing Map Collection Items
Other Digital Collections
Feedback

The National Library's Map Collection

The National Library of Australia has a large and varied collection of Australian and overseas maps and atlases, with a strong emphasis on current and retrospective mapping of Australia.

For a fuller description of the collection, please see: http://www.nla.gov.au/map/mapcoll.html

About the Digitised Map Collection

The National Library’s Digitised Map Collection provides access to more than 1,000 rare Australian map items, which have been digitised as part of the National Library’s digitisation program. The collection will expand over time as the National Library continues with its map and other special collections digitisation program.

The Digitised Map Collection includes rare Australian items from the Rare Map, Tooley, Nan Kivell, Ferguson, Rare Atlas and special map collections and other map collection items relating to Australia or published in Australia. The majority of map items included in the Digitised Map Collection were published or created before 1900.

For more information on the National Library's digitisation program, please see: http://www.nla.gov.au/digital/program.html and http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/

Using the Digitised Map Collection

The National Library of Australia's Digitised Map Collection allows users to view and interact with maps in a way that is as close as possible to the experience of using the original item.

System Requirements

Minimum Screen Resolution

To comfortably view the Digitised Map Collection, set the screen resolution of your monitor to 600x800 pixels or higher.

Minimum Browser Version

The Digitised Map Collection works best with any browser version numbered 4 or higher (Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above). You can upgrade your browser by going to the Netscape website or Microsoft website and following the prompts. These browsers are free.

Navigation

The Digitised Map Collection offers a range of navigation choices, including the ability to view images at different resolutions, and to move between the whole map and tiles (sections of the map) if the map has been digitised in sections due to the size of the original.

Image Displays

Each map can be viewed in a number of different sizes. The default image view is the 'View' copy for single map items. The default image views for map albums are 'Thumbnails'.

View

View copies are the default pages for single map items in the Digitised Map Collection. View copies are designed to fit comfortably on a 600 x 800 screen, and to print to a standard A4 page. National Library view copies are created with a maximum height or width of 760 pixels.

Zoom in to examination copies of map images by clicking directly on the desired view copy.

Examination

Examination copies provide a more detailed view of Digitised Map Collection items. Examination copies may require some horizontal scrolling on your browser to view different sections of the page, and will take longer to download, due to the larger file size. National Library examination copies are created with a maximum height or width of 1000 pixels.

Interactive Map

The interactive map allows for a more engaging experience of the map. Choose the 'Interactive Map' button for even closer inspection of the map item. Use the left-hand toolbar and the pan icons surrounding the map to zoom in, zoom out and pan to different sections of the map. To zoom in, simply click on the map. To pan around the map, click on the pan words (i.e. pan right) surrounding the map. Alternatively, there is a toolbar to the left of the map, which provides the zoom in, zoom out and pan options.

The pixel dimensions and zoom level of the map are displayed above and below the interactive map. The size of the interactive map image can be changed to match your screen resolution using the drop-down menu listing the available pixel dimensions. If you wish to change the size of the interactive map, click on the downwards-pointing arrow to choose the pixel dimensions. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser you may need to click the Go button.

In some instances, the first view of the map may be smaller than the size of the interactive map window. In this case, click on the map image once to zoom in.

Interactive Map Thumbnail

The Interactive Map Thumbnail, located in the top right hand corner of the page, can be used as a reference when using the interactive map. A red box outline on the small thumbnail of the whole map indicates which section of the map you are viewing. This box will change size depending on what the main interactive map zoom resolution is. Click on the thumbnail to move the red box to different places and navigate around the main map.

 

Thumbnails

You will see a thumbnail view first if the digitised map item includes multiple parts, e.g.: an atlas. Thumbnails are smaller image representations of larger images, designed to make looking at groups of images easier and faster. National Library thumbnails are created with a maximum height or width of 150 pixels.

Selecting the thumbnails display allows users to view up to 50 thumbnail images related to the digital item being displayed, and to navigate to further sets of 50 thumbnails for very long map collection items.

Zoom in to view copies of map images by clicking directly on the desired thumbnail.

Tiles

You can choose a tile view if the map item was digitised in sections because of size. Tiles are images of sections of a map. These are created when an entire map cannot be digitised as a whole. In the tile view, you can use the dropdown menu to navigate between the image of the whole map, the 'tiles' or sections of the map.

Map tiles are referred to by a letter and a number which forms a grid, for example 'Tile a1'. Numbers represent the columns and letters represent the rows. 'Tile a1' is the top left-hand corner tile. 'Tile c2' is located on the third row, and is the second tile from the left.

Navigation Tools

We have included a number of navigation tools to help you move around within a map or collection - and to know where you are.

Zooming

Use the Zoom buttons to navigate between view and examination copies of Digitised Map Collection items.

Zoom In

Click Zoom In to move from a view copy to an examination copy.

Zoom Out

Click Zoom Out to move from an examination copy to a view copy.

Using the Select Page Menu

If a map has been digitised in sections or 'tiles', a 'Select page' drop down menu will appear on your screen. Use this Select Page drop down menu to navigate to different pages within an item. The drop down menu also appears for map albums.

Items with many tiles may not have every page listed within the Select Page menu. For large items, select the number closest to the one you are interested in, and use the forward and back arrows to complete your navigation.

To use the Select Page menu, simply click on the downwards-pointing arrow and choose your desired page. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, you may need to click the Go button.

Using Arrow Buttons

If an item in the Digitised Map Collection has 'tiles' or is a multiple part item, four arrows will appear next to the dropdown menu. To move through item images one-by-one, either backwards or forwards, or to navigate directly to the beginning or end of a Digitised Map Collection item, use the four 'arrow' navigation buttons:

First

Previous

Next

Last

Interactive Map Zooming

To zoom into an interactive map, click directly onto the map image. Otherwise, there is a toolbar containing the zoom in and zoom out buttons to the left of the map. To zoom out, click on the zoom out button in the toolbar.

At any stage the map can be reset to the original starting size using the reset button.

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Reset

Interactive Map Panning

To pan around the image, click on the pan words surrounding the map (i.e. pan right). There is also the option to pan in a diagonal direction by clicking on the small triangle arrows located in each of the four corners surrounding the map. Alternatively, there is a toolbar containing the pan up, pan down, pan left and pan right buttons to the left of the map. Use any of these buttons to pan around the image.

Pan Top Left

Pan Top Right

Pan Bottom Left

Pan Bottom Right

Pan Up

Pan Down

Pan Left

Pan Right

Interactive Map Plug-ins

A MrSID browser plug-in can also be used to view this page. To use this plug-in, click on the 'view with plug-in' button. If you don't have the MrSID. Sid plug-in, it can be downloaded http://www.lizardtech.com/downloads/plugins.php for Windows computers. Viewing the interactive map using the MrSID plug-in provides similar zooming and panning facilities. However viewing with this plug-in also provides extra zoom and panning options: to be able to draw a box over any section of a map to zoom into and the option to pick-up and drag the map with the mouse. These options are unavailable when viewing the map without the MrSID plug-in.

The MrSID plug-in displays small icons along the toolbar. These icons provide the means to navigate around the map, click the required icon to make it active. From left to right they are: Zoom In, Zoom Out, Select Zoom (this provides the option of drawing a square box around the area you would like to zoom into), Pan (which allows the image to be dragged in the direction you require), Full View Image (which resets the map image back to it's original size), Other Options and Help. If you are unsure of which icon to use, roll the mouse over the icon and the icon's name will appear in text. For further assistance with using the MrSID plug-in, click on the "?" in the plug-in toolbar menu. This will provide help from the MrSID plug-in website.

To return to the previous interactive map view, click on the "view without plug-in' button located to the left of the map.

View With Plug-in

View Without Plug-in

Breadcrumbs

'Breadcrumbs' track where you are, and where you have just been in the Digitised Map Collection site. Breadcrumbs provide links back to the sections of the website you have previously visited within a single session.

You can also use breadcrumbs to navigate: click on any of the words within the breadcrumb trail, and the browser will return you to that page.

Copyright

Please read the National Library of Australia's Digital Collections copyright statement on the copyright status of items available through this service. Note that some items from the collection have copyright restrictions that prevent them from being made directly available online. Please contact us to obtain access to these items.

Map images available through this service may be saved or printed for research and study. If you wish to publish an image in any other way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so.

Copying and Downloading

You may download images from the Digitised Map Collection for personal use, in accordance with copyright law. You may not publish images from the Digitised Map Collection without seeking written permission from the National Library of Australia.

To download a map item on a PC, place your mouse over the image you would like to download, and click the right mouse button. Choose the appropriate “save” option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a directory to save the image in.

To download a map item on a Macintosh computer, place your mouse over the image you would like to download and then hold the mouse button down. Select the appropriate save option for your browser (save picture as/save image as/save image). Then select a folder to save the image in.

Printing Digital Collection Items

You may print Digitised Map Collection items for personal or research purposes. You may download, display a print and reproduce this content for personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form and with copyright acknowledged.

If you wish to publish an image in any way, including as part of another website, you will need written permission from the National Library of Australia to do so.

Print Button

If you are using a PC, you may print the current page you are viewing by clicking on the "Print" icon. This will print the page exactly as you see it. If you are using a Macintosh computer, you may need to print a single page through your browser print option.

Printing Through Your Browser

You may also print a single page of the item using the print option in the file menu of your browser software. The printed results will vary according to your browser and page set-up. We advise that you print the View Copy of the page as these dimensions have been designed to fit a standard A4 page.

Printing Background Colours and Images

If you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, you will need to make a change to your settings if you want to print the background colours and images of this website. Select the Tools Menu and then select Internet Options. Click the Advanced Option and scroll until you locate the Printing section. Tick the box marked 'Print background colours and images'.

Citing Digital Collection items

Online resources need to be cited correctly if you have used them for your research. The Digitised Map Collection provides detailed information to allow you to cite at either a broad item level, or at a particular image view level.

More Information

Click on the More Information link to navigate to extended bibliographic information about the digital item you are viewing. This information is drawn from the National Library's catalogue records, and includes information about both the original item, and a 'persistent identifier' for the item.

Persistent Identifiers

The National Library of Australia uses persistent identifiers (PI's) as a permanent naming scheme for Internet resources. Persistent identifiers for whole items - or for pages or images within an item – mean that URLs you include in your research references will always be 'live', even if there is a change in the way the National Library's Digital Collection is stored and made accessible.

For more information regarding the National Library of Australia's persistent identifier scheme, please read: http://www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/persistence.html

Item and Page Citation

To cite an entire digital item, use the bibliographic information and persistent identifier used located on the More Information page of the item you wish to cite.

To cite a particular page from the Digitised Map Collection, use the citation details located below each image.

For example:

To cite a particular view of a page - for example, if you wish to reference a handwritten annotation on a map displayed through the Digitised Map Collection - reference the higher resolution examination copy.

For example, to cite a view copy page use:

For example, to cite an examination copy page use:

Obtaining Higher Quality Copies

You may save or print images from the Digitised Map Collection for research and study. Where copyright permits, you may also order higher quality copies of maps through the National Library of Australia's Copies Direct Service. This is a commercial service and a fee will be charged for copy provision.

Some items available through this service may still be in copyright. While the National Library may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met rests with you.

Please see the following information: http://www.nla.gov.au/copiesdirect/index.html

Publishing Digital Collection Items

If you wish to publish Digitised Map Collection items in any form, including books, journals, other websites or merchandise (e.g. calendars), you must, in the first instance, seek the National Library's permission to do so.

To publish photographic, digital images or photocopies of maps available through this service, contact the Map Section at: http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/maprr.html

Some items available through this service may still be in copyright. While the National Library of Australia may be able to assist with referrals to copyright holders, responsibility for ensuring copyright requirements are met rests with you.

Accessing Original Collection Items

To view or use original collection items at the National Library, you need to register as a National Library reader and request the desired items through the Library's Electronic Requesting System.

Information on registering and requesting is available at:
http://www.nla.gov.au/getalibrarycard

Map Collection item must be used in the Map Reading Room, located on the LG1 level of the Library. For more information, including opening hours, contact Map staff at:
http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/maprr.html

Limited, pre-arranged after-hour use is available through the Petherick Reading Room. Please organise this by contacting the Map staff. More information on the Petherick Reading Room, including opening hours, is available at:
http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/prr.html

Borrowing Map Collection Items

The National Library of Australia does not lend its collection items to individuals. However, your local library may be able undertake an Inter Library Loan of modern maps and atlases (post 1900) on your behalf through the Library's Document Delivery Service. Please note that digital copies only (on CDROM) of rare or unique items are provided. Individuals may borrow photocopies of collection items through the Document Delivery Service.

Further information, including Document Delivery charges, is available at:

http://www.nla.gov.au/dss/

Other Digital Collections

Items from the National Library's pictorial collection are available through the online Pictures Catalogue and the Digitised Printed Music Collection. The National Library of Australia is releasing other Digital Collections as they become available, including items from the manuscripts and oral history collections.

Feedback

Please provide us with your feedback, comments and reports of any problems you experience using the Digitised Map Collection. Email us using the online form on our Contact Us page, and be sure to include your email address if you require a reply.

Requests for research assistance should be directed to the Library's Information Services staff:
http://www.nla.gov.au/infoserv/maprr.html