Database Guides


Digimap is an online mapping and data delivery service that offers a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological, LiDAR and marine maps and spatial data.

What You Can Access

The Library has access to the following areas in Digimap:

  • Ordnance Survey: OS maps covering the whole of Great Britain and at scales ranging from 1:1250 up to 1:750000.
  • Historic: historical OS maps of Great Britain, the originals of which were published between 1846 and 1996.
  • Geology: geological map data from the British Geological Survey (BGS).
  • Marine: raster nautical charts and Marine Themes vector data from the UK Hydrographic Office.
  • Environment: Land Cover data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Separate datasets are available for 1990, 2000, 2007 and 2015. Also included are Dudley Stamp’s maps of the 1930’s Land Utilisation Survey of Britain.
  • Aerial: high quality aerial photography of Great Britain.
  • Lidar: lidar data derived from the Environment Agency, showing Digital Terrain Models (DTM) of the bare earth surface and Digital Surface Models (DSM) that show the vegetation canopy.

You can use Digimap to zoom in on your area of interest, print maps in A4 to A0 size, annotate maps, download maps in PDF, PNG or JPG files and download the data for use in GIS and CAD software.

Please be aware that the first time you access Digimap you will need to register and accept the user licenses for each individual area.

Registering with Digimap

The first time you use Digimap you will need to go through the registration process. Follow the steps in the box below to gain access.

Registration is a one-time only process, so the next time you log in to Digimap via the library website, you should be logged in and ready to use the resource.

When you log into Digimap for the first time it will take you to a screen where it will ask you to enter your details. Fill in the fields with your information and click submit.

Please note that while the email address field can be any email that you use, we recommend using your RGU email address if possible.

You will then be take to a summary page. Check that the information is accurate and then click submit to continue.

You will now get a message that a verification email has been sent to you. Follow this link and you should get a confirmation soon.

Next you will need to agree to the licence for the Ordnance Survey collection.

You will now be taken to a screen with the Ordnance Survey collection option:

Click the arrow symbol to open the section up. Read the agreement and tick to accept. From the drop down menu choose what you will be using Digimap for e.g. Academic Works. Finally, click on next and submit to finish.

Ordnance Survey Collection

The Ordnance Survey Collection offers access to several services. The most well used of these are Roam and Data Download.

Roam allows you to view, annotate and print out OS maps, whilst Data Download enables you to download OS data for use in GIS/CAD.


Roam is an online mapping facility available to all Digimap users where you can identify a location using a place name, postcode or grid reference. Maps can be printed at a range of user defined scales as PDF, PNG or JPEG files. They can be printed in landscape and portrait orientations up to A0 size.

Digimap ROAM Videos

Quick Reference Guide (Created by Digimap)

I just want a map

Data Download

Data Download allows you to select and download Ordnance Survey data for use in GIS or CAD software. It includes options such as backdrop mapping, land and height data, vector data, etc.

Digimap Data Download Tutorial

How to use data download

What to do with downloaded data