The Map Collection

The University Library´s map collection is located on Level 4 of the Western Bank Library.

It comprises a good collection of British maps. The whole country is covered at a scale of 1:25,000 and 1:50,000. Larger scale maps are available for local areas (North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire) at a scale of 1:2,500 and 1:10,000. Maps at a scale of 1:500 and 1:1,250 are available for the Sheffield area only. There is a wide range of historical maps (mainly 1850´s onward).  There are also geology maps for England, Scotland and Wales at a scale 1:50,000.

Aerial photos covering Sheffield and Rotherham for 1992 are stocked. Check Google Earth for other areas and more recent information.

There is a small collection of foreign maps used for teaching and research.

The Library stocks a good range of atlases and gazetteers which can be used in conjunction with the maps.

The collection is reference only and photocopying facilities are available (subject to copyright). Please fill in a map request form, which can be found on the map chests and post it in the box provided or complete the Online map request form , allowing 24 hours notice. Maps will be available by 10:30 Monday to Friday.

There is no interlibrary loan service for maps. Details of map collections elsewhere in the country can be found here

There is no other sizeable general collection of maps in the Sheffield area, although Sheffield City Library has a good collection of local maps in the Local Studies section.

The Library has access to the Digimap on-line mapping facility.

Please telephone (0114) 222-5097 or email if you would like more information and especially if you are making a special visit.

The collection: a brief outline of what we hold

1:500 (approximately 10 foot to 1 mile). Cover Sheffield only
These maps were published in the 1880s and 1890s and are extremely detailed.

1:1056 (5 feet to one mile). Cover Sheffield only
These maps were published in 1853 in 36 sheets. They are very detailed but only covers what is today central Sheffield not the suburbs as do the 1:500 maps above.

1:1250. Cover Sheffield only

1:2500 (1 cm to 25 metres or 25" to 1 mile). County series
The sheets we hold cover Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire between 1892 and 1935

1:10,000 (1 cm to 100 metres or 6" to 1 mile)
We have various dates from 1970 onwards but again coverage is restricted to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

1:10,560 (6 inch). County series
This is an alternative scale to the 1:2500 and provides coverage from 1850 to the 1950s.

1:25,000 (4 cm to 1 kilometre or 2 ½" to a mile). Explorer, Outdoor leisure, Pathfinder
Complete coverage of Britain with 3 different sets of maps from the 1950s to date.

1:50,000 (2 cm to one kilometre or 1 ¼" to one mile). Landranger (1st & 2nd series)
These maps cover the whole of Britain.

Ordnance Survey one inch series (1:63,360 or 1" to 1 mile)
These maps cover the whole of the country but our collection is incomplete. They show the growth of Sheffield between 1736 and 1940.

Ordnance Survey topographical and historical mapping is also available via the EDINA DIGIMAP service.

Other maps of Sheffield, Yorkshire & Derbyshire
There are a number of Sheffield facsimiles dated 1771, 1795 and 1832. The map collection has copies of some original engravings of early maps dating from the 17th century of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Maps images

Thematic maps

One inch soils & land use capability
There are only a few sheets available and nothing for Sheffield (area was not surveyed).

One inch land utilisation survey
Published in the 1930s.

One inch land classification maps
Published in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Geology maps
British Geological Survey: England and Wales 1:50,000; Scotland 1:50,000 and 1:63,000. 
Also, 6 inch Ordnance survey maps surveyed 1872-1873 for Yorkshire and Derbyshire (incomplete)

Administrative county maps
There are maps of all the English counties at the half-inch (1:126,720) or 1:100,000 scales showing administrative divisions and sometimes parliamentary constituencies as well. Those showing the new administrative counties since 1974 are kept in a separate sequence.

Aerial photos
Scale1:10,000. These are available for Sheffield (1993) and Rotherham (1994) and adjacent areas.
For more up to date information see the online database Cities Revealed or Google Maps.

GOAD maps
1:1,000 (varies for different areas)
These are detailed maps of the various shops and other buildings in city centres. Sheffield and Meadowhall maps have been updated at various intervals.


For copyright information, please the Ordnance Survey Copyright Licence