The Library holds a large collection of old and modern maps and atlases. Currently a small part, the beautiful collection of 580 old and mostly hand-coloured topographical maps has been added to this image database. The oldest maps date from c.1570 and the youngest from c.1860. This collection focuses on the Netherlands and contains interesting polder maps of Dutch Water Boards, including the beautiful atlas of Florisz. Balthasars.
Maps dating from after 1850 have not yet been digitized. These include a large collection of modern topographical maps (1850-now, scales 1:25,000 and 1:50,000) and a thematic map series on hydrology, geology, and geomorphology. These maps are described in the Catalogue. This year the Alterra Map Database with soil maps and flora and fauna maps will also be migrated into the image collections. All the maps can be studied in the Reading Room of the Library’s Special Collections.