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GIS: Geographic Information Systems: Home

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

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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).

  • Download ArcPro through Box.

ArcGIS Desktop

  • Download ArcDesktop through Box.


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.

Geospatial Newsletter

Access our current and archived newsletters through Box.


Where can I find GIS resources? Click on the map below to find out more information!

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.

Land Acknowledgement

Northwestern sits on the original homelands of the Council of Three Fires (Ojibwe, Potowatomi, and Odawa).

We encourage you to explore the interactive map above hosted by You can find more information here.