E-kataloog ESTER

Artiklite andmebaas ISE

Digitaalarhiiv DIGAR

Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat 12-19.
The book return box is in Endla 3, Mo-Su 7-22




The collection holds ca 24 000 cartographic items and is available through a reference librarian of the Cartography and Geography Reading Room on the 8th floor. The map collection consists of printed and manuscript maps, plans, atlases, charts, globes, aerial maps and satellite images, computer maps, CD-ROM atlases, and digital collections of spatial data. There are maps of the whole world, different regions, individual countries and towns; the main emphasis, however, being on Estonian maps (70%). The collection also comprises new topographic maps of the neighbouring countries: Finland and Latvia 1: 50 000, Russia 1:100 000 or 1:200 000.

Information on the maps of the collection can be found in the online catalogue ESTER. The old maps and town plans are digitised and available in the digital archive DIGAR.

The most valuable parts of the map collection

  • The collection of 16th-19th century Livonian maps was purchased by the Library from the medical doctor Ilo Käbin in 1998. The collection consists of 52 map sheets that depict the territory of Livonia and that were designed or published by the then best-known cartographers and map publishers. The oldest map originates from 1540. The collection was digitised and two map portfolios were issued on its basis. 
  • The collection of the 18th-19th century plans of the Baroque Kadriorg Palace ensemble consists of eight manuscript plans and charts, and an explanatory text.
  • The plans of Estonian rivers  The map cases of the surveys (ca 200 sheets) performed by the Bureau of Inland Waters in 1920-1929 are bound into four portfolios that include 17 river maps.

Virtual exhibitions 

Greetings from Tallinn

Old maps from the cartographic collection of the National Library

Old town maps from the cartographic collection of the National Library

Restored maps from the National Library map collection