The following facilities are available to visitors to the Cartographic Unit:

Large format PrintingEquipment Large Printer

Large format printing is available by completion of the Cartographic Unit work request form and requires a minimum of 2 working days notice. Please fill out the Cartographic work request form.

We currently use a HP Designjet Z6200 large format printer, media we supply as standard is:

  • Standard heavyweight 165 gsm paper
  • Satin heavyweight 190 gsm
  • Waterproof, tearproof 105 gsm

Cardboard poster tubes can be purchased for a small extra cost please mention this when ordering your poster. Alternatively there are a limited number of plastic tubes available to borrow from the Geog/Geol equipment store, please email fieldequip@le.ac.uk.

If you have a printing medium that you would like to request for a specific project please contact us on: cartographic@le.ac.uk.

A large format printing service is also available from the Creative Team, requires 3 working days notice. John E Wright, 9-11 Marble Street, Leicester, LE1 5XB may be able to accommodate your needs at shorter notice than this.


The Scanning computer is available inside the Cartographic Unit connected to the following:

  • Epson Expression A3 scanner (slide and negative attachments available on request)
  • Nikon slide and negative scanner

We use the following scanning software in the Cartographic Unit

  • Epson Scan
  • Vue Scan

The A4 feed scanner is now located in the Administration Office (G90).

A large format scanning service is also available at John E Wright, 9-11 Marble Street, Leicester, LE1 5XB  who may be able to accommodate your needs with a fairly short turnaround time.


The laminator in the Cartographic Unit can accommodate up to A2 size, available pouch thicknesses are as follows:

Business card 2x125 (250) microns gloss
A4 2x75 (150) microns gloss & matt
A4 2x125 (250) microns gloss & matt
A4 2x175 (350) microns gloss
A3 2x125 (250) microns gloss & matt

Large format laminating

Any laminating larger than A2 can be undertaken by the Creative Team requires 3 working days notice. John E Wright, 9-11 Marble Street, Leicester, LE1 5XB may be able to accommodate your needs at shorter notice than this.

Large Paper TrimmerEquipment Trimmer

There are two paper trimmers available in the Cartographic Unit, the standard size desktop trimmer (approx A2) and the standalone A0 trimmer.

Card trimmer

Trims card, mount board, foam board or similar, an angular blade for mounting board inserts is also available. Please ask a member of the Cartographic Unit for assistance


There is one electronic binding machine and three manual binding machines available for use in the Student Study Area in F33 (1st floor). A variety of plastic combs as well as plastic cover sheets and backing card can also be found here.

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Cartographic Unit
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
University of Leicester
Bennett G21
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

T: 0116 252 3855
E: cartographic@le.ac.uk