National Library – Free download of maps

In January 2016 the National Library of Australia launched its free download service.      Download icon

Over the past 15 years the National Library of Australia has digitised over 40,000 maps, from early European mapping to twentieth century Australian out of copyright series. The decision to release all its out of copyright digitised maps for free download in high resolution is about how people make use of maps. Maps are more detailed media than most other formats – some maps have enormous amounts of data on them – a single printed topographic map might have a thousand places recorded, contours, landscape details like roads, buildings, terrain, waterways, even individual buildings. They might be 50 or 100 years old or older, and the information is lost other than on the map held here at the NLA. People are now more interested and have the tools to explore the past, and old maps give us the way in to those past places. By making them freely downloadable, there is nothing preventing this.

The NLA’s maps are all available through the Library catalogue, on Trove or through search engines like Google. The maps are downloadable in high resoltution Tif or compressed JPEG formats.

Find your favourite map and download it today!

NLA catalogue: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/

Trove Maps: http://trove.nla.gov.au/map