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Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

GIS at Northwestern University Library

A Geographic Information System (GIS) "integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. (ESRI)"

What is GIS used for? There are many applications, spanning a wide variety of disciplines. Some examples include:

Government, Data, Geospatial, & Business Services, a unit of the Research & Information Services (RIS) department, has provided support and instruction for GIS since 1997. Currently we support both licensed and open source GIS software including ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online. 

In addition to software access in the Library, described below, the NU Library has acquired an institutional site license for the ArcGIS software suite from ESRI.  NU-affiliated faculty, staff and students can install ArcGIS Desktop on their personal computers and access desktop, mobile, server and web-based mapping applications. Use the Access GIS tab of this guide for more information.

ArcGIS in the Evanston Campus Libraries:
  • University Library,  Main Library, all public PCs (hours
  • Mudd Library, Evanston Campus - all public PCs (hours)
  • Technological Institute, Tech PC Classroom (Tech MG51): 18 PCs (available when not reserved)

ArcGIS in the Chicago Campus Libraries:

Online Resources:

Via our LibGuide you can access information on how to:

If you are in need of assistance with a GIS project, please fill out the GIS Support Request Form. We look forward to working with you!


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