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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

September 4th - December 11th

Monday - Thursday: 1-4pm

Friday: 2-4pm

For help outside these hours email:



9/19: No drop in help hours. 

The lab will be closed for workshops at the following times:

9/19: 3-9pm (No computers will be available at this time.)

9/20, 10am-1pm

9/23, 10am-1pm

9/24: 5-7pm

9/25: 5-7pm

9/26: 10am-12pm, 5-7pm

11/12: 3-5pm

A limited number of computers may be available for individual use during workshops.


Download the latest software and ESRI data. (updated August 2019)

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

ArcGIS 10.6 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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