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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS Office Hours

GIS and spatial data assistance is available during the academic quarters Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon in the Regenstein Library Map Collection (third floor, room 370). If those hours do not work for you, e-mail Taylor Hixson ( to schedule an appointment.

Getting Started

What is GIS?

Geographic information systems (GIS) are technologies, from handheld devices to desktop applications to online tools, that are used to capture, analyze, view, and otherwise interact with spatial data and imagery.

Learn GIS

Get spatial data

GIS at the Library

Use this guide to find:

  • information about GIS desktop software and online tools 
  • training resources for GIS software and tools
  • books and journals related to GIS

The University of Chicago Library provides GIS support and services to all affiliated students, faculty, and staff by:

  • identifying spatial data resources
  • helping patrons geocode, format, and join spatial datasets
  • providing basic instruction for desktop and online mapping
  • consulting with patrons about planning and managing spatial data research
  • linking patrons with advanced spatial analysis and computing centers at the university

Subject Specialist

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Taylor Hixson
Resident Librarian for GIS
Crerar Library Room 132