Maps and atlases
Find out about Auckland Libraries' collection of maps and atlases.
World atlases and street maps
A wide selection of atlases and street maps are available at Auckland Libraries. As well as general world atlases, specialist atlases and street maps are also available which cover particular countries and cities.
Most of the atlases and street maps are only for use in the library. However, a selection are available for loan and can be found in the general non-fiction section.
New Zealand atlases and street maps
A broad range of up-to-date New Zealand atlases and street maps are available.
Auckland Libraries has a large selection of maps. The collection includes hydrographic charts, topographic maps and a stunning selection of rare and historic maps available in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. We also have a number of historical maps relating to South Auckland and the Counties Manukau area in the South Auckland Research Centre.
Library map collections
The maps in these collections are reference-only items.
Central City Library has an up-to date collection of current international travel maps on the first floor.
These maps provide unique detailed coverage of New Zealand on a 1:50,000 scale. Extensive physical details include terrain and contour lines. The focus of the collection is the New Zealand Map Series 260, produced by Terralink on behalf of Land Information New Zealand. An online index is available through Land Information New Zealand.
The New Zealand topographic map collection is located on the first floor at Central City Library.
The South Auckland Research Centre also has a collection of topographic maps relating to South Auckland and the Counties Manukau area.
Hydrographic maps (navy charts)
These maps chart marine areas of New Zealand and selected Pacific Islands. Please note that they are for general interest only and should not be used for navigation purposes.
The majority of the hydrographic map collection is located on the first floor at Central City Library but some hydrographic charts are available in the South Auckland Research Centre. Selected earlier editions are available in the Sir George Grey Special Collections, second floor, Central City Library.
Historic Māori maps
Māori maps on selected topics are available in Te Kohinga Matua, located at the Central Auckland Research Centre on the second floor, Central City Library.
Sir George Grey Special Collections
The library has an extensive collection of historic and rare maps and atlases located in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. Highlights include maps of historic Auckland, the First World War and a 1959 version of Ortelius’ Epitome Theatrum Orbis, generally acknowledged as the first true atlas.
Many of the Sir George Grey Special Collections maps are not on the library catalogue, though we have digitised a selection that you can access through the Digital Library.
Nineteenth century ordnance maps
The Central Auckland Research Centre has a comprehensive facsimile collection of nineteenth century ordnance survey maps of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Scale is mostly 1 inch: 1 mile.
The Central Auckland Research Centre is located on the second floor, Central City Library.