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The Map Library comprises a variety of maps, atlases, street plans and other cartographic materials. Maps are a valuable resource for teaching and research in many areas of study, including history, politics, sociology, economics and biology, as well as geography and geology. For example, maps can be used to show patterns of land use, political boundaries and demographic changes.
The local area is well covered by large-scale Ordnance Survey mapping, with older editions providing a useful resource for local history. Coverage for the rest of Britain is provided by 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 OS mapping.
Outside the British Isles, areas well represented include North America, Spain and Iceland. Atlases range from facsimiles of17th century editions to modern major general atlases and road atlases.
Maps should generally be requested via the Special Collections Office, although a reference collection of atlases, street maps, Ordnance Survey and British Geological Survey maps is on open access and freely available during Library opening times.
Most Map Library material is not available for loan.
Keele users may register for free access to Digimap which provides maps and geospatial data from a number of national data providers, including Ordnance Survey and BGS.
Historical maps of the Geological Survey can be found at http://www.bgs.ac.uk/data/historicalmaps/home.html
The National Library of Scotland now provides high quality, zoomable colour images of the Ordnance Survey's six-inch to the mile (1:10,560) mapping of England and Wales from the 1840s to the 1950s. Access via the county lists at http://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch-england-and-wales/counties.html