GIS Services

Maps and GIS Services are available primarily in Government Information, Maps, & Microform Services.

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. It is a way to organize, analyze, store, manage, and view spatial data. GIS generally refers to a system comprised of data, a person doing analysis, hardware, and specialized software. The Indiana University Libraries partners with University Information Technology Services (UITS) to provide library users with ESRI’s ArcGIS software on almost all public workstations. Library staff is available to:

  • Help users identify and locate data for use with GIS.
  • Connect users with appropriate training materials.
  • Provide access to computers, GIS software, software and other desktop mapping applications.
  • Work with faculty and instructors to integrate geospatial and statistical data into relevant classes and coursework. Identify, acquire and provide access to geospatial and statistical data.

Where to Get Help

ArcGIS software is available on all Student Technology Center computers, including those in Government Information, Maps and Microform Services and the Learning Commons. ArcGIS in the IU Libraries is available for research and instructional use only. Non-educational (i.e. commercial) use is prohibited by our site license. The GIS Librarian, located in Government Information, Maps & Microform Services, offers consultations for GIS use, including making maps and locating and formatting data for use with GIS. To schedule a consultation, call (812) 855-6924 or e-mail

For more information about GIS in the IU Libraries, including data sources and training materials, visit GIS at the Library.