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GIS Help

The GIS & Data lab, housed on the 1st floor of Rotch Library (7-238), is available for use during Rotch's operating hours. Software and one-on-one help is for use by the MIT Community only.

Drop-in help hours

All Libraries will close on March 14th until further notice. See the Libraries' home page for updates.

Email to ask questions or schedule a virtual appointment.

How to prepare for remote work with GIS

  • Install the MIT VPN to use ArcMap remotely.
  • Check out a license for ArcMap if you might have unreliable internet access. Using ArcGIS Pro? Create an ArcGIS Online account to sign in. A personal account will work off the MIT Network, with any internet connection, and you will also have the option of checking out a license if you are without internet.
  • QGIS can be installed on any operating system and has minimal system requirements. Never used QGIS? See the QGIS exercise from our Intro to GIS workshop.
  • Our lab computers can be accessed remotely. Email us for more information and to reserve a computer.
  • Email with questions or to schedule a virtual meeting. We're ready to provide the same support virtually that we do in person. 


Did you miss an IAP workshop? See previous workshop materials here.

Touchstone login now available for ArcGIS Online.

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Get Started

Install ArcGIS Pro (the newest GIS software from ESRI) or ArcGIS Desktop. QGIS is also a great free, open-source option.

Create an ArcGIS Online account to access online mapping features and ESRI training courses.

Make a basic map: Just need to make a quick map. Use our flow chart to find out how.

MIT GeoWeb: Start your search for geographic information here. You can search for GIS data held at MIT and other colleges.

Need to use software in the lab? Find out what is installed where.

Traveling? Find out how to use ArcGIS off campus.

MITGIS email list: Subscribe to get updates about GIS related events, new GIS data and software, and more.

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