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GIS: Geographic Information Systems: Home

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.


Contact Us: 

Kelsey Rydland Data Services Librarian 847.467.7189

Mech 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.

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 top picture is from 2020, while the bottom 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.

Register for GIS Workshops

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.

Geospatial Newsletter

Access our current and archived newsletters through Box.

What We're Reading


Where can I find GIS resources?

Click on the map below to find out more information!

Land Acknowledgement

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

We encourage you to explore the interactive map below hosted by

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