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Maps and GIS

Geospatial services

Northwestern University Libraries’ Geospatial Services offers all NU affiliated students, faculty & staff the following:

Two GIS professionals are on staff to provide GIS support and instruction.  Assistance is regularly provided to researchers from across academic disciplines. Contact us to set up a consultation. 

Map and Rare Atlas Collection

The Map and Rare Atlas  Collection is composed of over 200,000 maps, however, only a small portion is searchable via the library catalog, NUsearch. Contact us for assistance accessing maps and rare atlases. Our collection also includes atlases, gazetteers and digital mapping products. The scope of the collection is global with a large portion of U.S. Federal Government holdings. We also collect cartographic publications from state and international governments and commercial publishers.

For more help, see the Map & Atlas Collection guide and Map & Large Format Document Scanning guide.

Computers and Equipment

All PCs in the library have GIS software installed. Learn more about this software.

The Government Information Reading Room (University Library, Basement 190) provides visitors the use of

The Geospatial and Data Visualization Lab (in Mudd Library room 2122) is equipped with