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GIS and Geospatial Data

Library Workstations

The public-use workstations in the University Library are equipped with GIS software programs, ArcGIS and QGIS.

These workstations can be accessed in-person during library hours.

Library Hours

GIS Software

Through an Education Institution Agreement, the ArcGIS software is available to current students, staff, and faculty free of charge for education and research purposes.

To request a license or copy of the software, please complete the following form or contact

ArcGIS Software Request Form

For more information on the available ArcGIS software, tools, and resources, see the ArcGIS Software at McMaster University Library guide.

A great resource to find and learn more about open source GIS software programs is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). 

Below is a list of some of the available tools and programs.

Desktop Applications

Web Mapping



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