GIS and Spatial Data 

Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a way to organize, analyze, store, manage, and view spatial data. IU Libraries supports users in finding, analyzing, and understanding spatial data in all formats. The Map and Spatial Data Librarian maintains research guides, manages a collection budget, conducts research consultations, and teaches in-class sessions on spatial data and a variety of GIS software (including ArcGIS, QGIS, and web mapping).

Map Collections 

The Wells Library map collection is the largest in the state of Indiana. The primary focus of the collection is maps of Indiana, but we hold maps from nearly every country in the world. Many of the maps in our collection are available to be checked out, and can be scanned on demand for IU affiliates. The Map Collections research guide gives more information and links to our digitized map collections.

More Help?

Always check IUCAT first, but many maps within the collection are not yet cataloged. However, even uncataloged maps are available for browsing! Feel free to come have a look, or contact us at for more help.

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