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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

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GIS Viewers and Visualization Tools

ESRI Software (ArcGIS)

ArcGIS is a powerful tool for working with spatial data and it is the industry standard for researchers and professionals working with GIS. Washington University in St. Louis currently has a campus wide site license for the ESRI ArcGIS Software suite, making it available to all students, faculty, and staff for research and teaching purposes.  See the Software Installation Guide for licensing and installation instructions. You can also access ArcGIS desktop in several computer labs on campus (see the ArcGIS on Campus tab), as well as in the Research Studio at Olin Library.

For enquiries about using GIS software contact:

Note: Many of these locations may be closed due to COVID-19. For remote access to Esri software, see the Research Studio Guide.

Below is a list of locations that have computers with ArcGIS Desktop software installed.  Please note that some of these locations may be unavailable at certain times due to classes or operating hours.  Access to some locations may also be limited to students, faculty and staff within certain departments and schools.  To request revisions to this list, please email Data Services.


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