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.


  • ScanningFlatbed scanners Scanning
  • Nursing Mothers/Lactation RoomAsk at GIMMS Service Desk for door key and location. Refrigerator and Medela Lactina Select Pump available. Nursing Mothers/Lactation Room
  • PrintingBlack and white printing only Printing
  • Computer WorkstationsComputers available to IU affiliates and all U.S. citizens according to Federal Depository regulations. Computer Workstations
  • TechnologyMicroformat viewers and scanners. Assistance is always available. Technology
  • Quiet Study SpaceGIMMS is a low-talking area. No groups, please. Quiet Study Space

Contact Info

Wells Library 250B
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Emily Alford
Emily Alford - Head of Government Information, Maps and Microform Services, Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-8155

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