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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

May 17th - May 31st: by appointment (email

June 3rd - June 28th: Monday - Friday: 2-4pm

July 1st - August 23rd: Monday - Friday: 2-3pm

For help outside these hours email:



5/27: No help due to the holiday. Rotch Library will be closed.

7/4: No help due to the holiday. Rotch Library will be closed.


ENVI is now available on all lab computers. Learn more about our software.

ArcGIS patch: Install this patch so that basemaps continue to work.

Want to learn MIT GIS Services news as soon as it is released? Sign up for our listserv

Get Started

Download ArcGIS. MIT Certificates are required to download this software. See installation instructions.

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 softare 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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