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Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.



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.

Data & GIS Drop-In Hours  - 1/7 to 3/4
Tuesday @ Mudd Library Room 2122: 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday @ Main Library Project Room B: 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Us: 

Kelsey Rydland Data Services Librarian 847.467.7189

Mech Frazier  GIS Specialist 847.491.8305

Get Started

ArcGIS Online

  • Create an ArcGIS Online account by selecting the Enterprise login and using your NETID on the ArcGIS Online page.


ArcGIS Pro

  • First create an ArcGIS Online account (see instructions above) then send an email to requesting access to ArcGIS Pro.

  • Download ArcPro through Box.

ArcGIS Desktop

  • Download ArcDesktop through Box.


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Register for GIS Workshops

Interested in current and future GIS workshops? Register through the Library's Events Calendar. Workshops are for Northwestern University affiliates only (students, faculty and staff).  If workshop times don't work for you, consider scheduling a one-on-one consultation.