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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

February 5th - May 16th:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 1-4pm

Wednesday: 1-5pm

Friday: 2-4pm

For help outside these hours email:


Updates to hours:

2/18/19: No help due to the holiday.

2/19/19: No help. A class will be using the lab 9am-5pm, but some computers will be available for individual use.

3/5/19: The lab will be closed 9am-11am for a class.

3/25/19-3/29/19: Help by appointment during spring break. Email

4/15/19: No help due to the holiday.

During workshops a limited number of computers may be available for individual work.


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

We have installed new software during the fall, including Stata, Minitab and Nvivo. Learn more about our software.

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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