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Martin Toste
Central Geographical Library, map collection

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-125
Fax: +49 341 600 55-198


Map collection

The IfL houses an extensive map collection of about 60,000 individual sheets. These include topographic and thematic maps worldwide. Ordering and indexing is done continuously. The historical map collection has already been completely digitised, georeferenced and catalogued. In addition, there are numerous maps from Central, Western and Northern European countries. As far as these are free of rights, we present all digitised maps in full screen. Online catalog

The historical maps of the IfL are also available on Wikimedia Commons.

In the context of the cultural hackathon "Coding Da Vinci Ost" the project "Leibniz Maps" has emerged from the digitally processed stock of historical maps from the 17th to the 19th century: Matthias Müller-Prove, innovation and interaction designer from Hamburg, has transformed more than a thousand metadata records in such a way that each map can be called up as an image file and precisely located in the satellite image or a basic map. Chronoatlas