Finding maps

  • Search our catalogue - most maps are catalogued, and some are digitised
  • Tip: Narrow your search to only maps by selecting the 'Maps' format filter
  • Maps are usually catalogued by ‘place’ – country, state, region or other place of interest. Try using place names in keyword (and subject) searches, as well as the type of map, for example:

          Canberra AND road

          Pilbara AND geology

         “Papua New Guinea” AND rainfall

Using the collection

  • Some maps in the collection have not yet been catalogued – if you can’t find what you need please contact us.
  • Request material to view by logging into the catalogue with your Library card and submitting an online request. See our collection delivery service and online video for more information.
  • Maps are delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room three times a day, Monday to Friday.  See our collection delivery times for more information.

Access to the Maps research area, LG1

Maps are delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room for general use.  Longer term research use of the Maps Collection and access to the Maps stack on LG1 may be booked through the Special Collections Reading Room, or by contacting the Maps team through the Library’s Ask a Librarian service.

Maps research access is available Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

Oversize maps and globes

  • Some items in the Maps collection are not suitable for delivery to the Special Collections Reading Room. If you have requested an oversize map or a globe, you may need to view the item in the maps research area. Please contact us or see desk staff to arrange this.

Photographing maps and atlases in the reading room

  • Maps may be photographed for study or research, subject to care and handling, and copyright guidelines.  
  • A reading room camera is also available on request, and images can be downloaded to a PC/laptop when done. If information or assistance is needed, please check with the Special Collections Reading Room staff.

Getting a copy of a maps item

This can be done via the Library's copying service, Copies Direct.

  1. Scroll down and select the 'Order a copy' button in the catalogue record for the item you would like copied.
  2. Select ‘Whole item’ for most maps. Only select 'Part(s) of item' if the map is part of a series.
  3. Fill in details of the sheet/s or photographs you would like copied, and choose the format (eg. large format photocopy = full colour copy at original dimensions).

Note:

  • Maps published by a government body remain in copyright for 50 years from the end of the year of publication
  • Maps published by a commercial publisher remain in copyright for 70 years from the end of the year of publication

Check these pages for more information on:

Citing

Please see How do I acknowledge the Library in my publication?

Contacting the Maps team

Use the Ask a Librarian service to lodge an online enquiry about maps, rare atlases or aerial photographs.
Phone: (+61) 2 6262 1469