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GIS: Geographic Information Systems

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.


Contact Us: 

Kelsey Rydland Data Services Librarian 847.467.7189

Méch Frazier  GIS Specialist 847.491.8305

NU faculty, staff, and students on the Evanston, Chicago, and Qatar campuses have access to the ESRI ArcGIS software suite for academic or non-commercial purposes.

Workshops and Consultations

Interested in current and future GIS workshops? Register through the Library's Events Calendar. If workshop times don't work for you, consider scheduling a one-on-one consultation.

Library Map

Where can I find GIS resources?

Click on the map below to find out more information!

New GIS Services


Planet provides high-resolution, global satellite imagery over time. Contact us for details and instructions on how to access.


Lake Oroville, California. The images above were composited between April and June, exactly one year apart - the left picture is from 2020, while the right is from 2021.


ArcGIS Street Map Premium

ArcGIS StreetMap Premium provides enriched street data for use in ArcGIS software to deliver high-quality and multiscale cartographic map display; accurate geocoding (batch, reverse, and simple search); and optimized routing, driving directions, and network analysis.Contact us for more information on how to access.

Spatial Contexts

When discussing spatial data/GIS, it's important to consider and acknowledge the histories, traditional territories, and peoples of the landscapes we study.

Northwestern University Libraries is located on the original homelands of the Council of Three Fires (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi communities).

We encourage you to explore the interactive map below hosted by