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GIS & Geospatial Data

We designed this guide to help you use geographic information and geospatial data in your research.

What is GIS?

UA Spatial Data Repository

UA Campus Maps

Data for Mexico

High Res Imagery and LiDAR for Pima County

Historical City Maps

Explore US Demographics

Arizona Topo Data

    Welcome to the University of Arizona GIS guide!

    This guide provides a centralized link to data and resources available to University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students, as well as for the public. If you have any questions or special request for data, help with your GIS, or maps please use the contact links for library personnel on the left side of the page.

    What is GIS?




    International GIS Day @ the Unversity of Arizona


    GIS Day, 2017 logo

    The UA Libraries will be hosting a series of workshops, talks, and demonstrations showing all of the ways GIS is and can be used in research and teaching at the University of Arizona. Stop by the room 112 in the Instructional Learning Center on Nov 15th to learn more about GIS and reach users on campus who have already embraced the power of spatial analysis!

    Room Location: ILC 112,

    Date: Nov 15, 2017


    Schedule coming soon!

    GIS Drop-in help hours and demos this fall


    The UA Libraries will again be holding drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 9am to 11am throughout the fall semester for anyone who has questions relating to GIS. Stop on by to get help with GIS-related work or even just learn about new concepts and tools to help you in research, teaching, or learning. On most Wednesdays we’ll open with a 30 to 60 minutes demonstration or workshop on a tool or concept (schedule below, calendar attached) with the remainder dedicated to an open session to get help and meet other users of GIS on campus. Coffee and snacks will also be provided!

    • 9/6    Overview of GIS resources on campus
    • 9/13    Intro to ArcGIS Pro
    • 9/20    Drop-in only from 9-10am
    • 9/27    Using Google Earth Pro to display geospatial data
    • 10/4    Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
    • 10/11    Creating Web Applications in ArcGIS Online
    • 10/18    Cartographic Design Tips and Tricks
    • 10/25    Manipulating and display geospatial data with R
    • 11/1    Introduction to GeoDatabases - Moved to SEL 311
    • 11/8    Geospatial data processing with Jupyter Notebooks - Moved to SEL 311
    • 11/15    No Drop-in
    • 11/22    No Drop-in
    • 11/29    Getting started creating web maps with Leaflet.js
    • 12/6    Introduction to ArcPy python scripting



    New GIS drop in hours this Summer


    Starting on May 24th we will be hosting drop-in hours every Wednesday this Summer from 9-11am in the iSpace Lab .  Stop by to learn more about GIS, get help with your GIS-related projects, or just to talk shop.

    The iSpace Lab is located in the Science and Engineering Library, Room 212:

    We hope to see you there!

    Introduction to QGIS

    Friday April 21st, 2pm to 4pm

    QGIS is the leading open-source GIS desktop software platform available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  Used around the world, this fully featured, robust desktop software package provides a host of features and capabilities to help you in analysis and in creating maps. In this two-hour sessions, we will introduce QGIS, its layout, and capabilities, and walk through some common GIS tasks.  For this workshop, it is requested that users bring their own laptop with QGIS already installed.  The installation software can be downloaded at the link below.


    This workshop will be held in the Main Library, Room 313

    March Map-ness event at the Arizona State Museum on March 11th


    As part of “Culture Craft Saturdays,” on March 11th, UA GIST faculty, students, and alumni will be hosting March Map-ness from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Arizona State Museum. This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s open house and UA’s book fair. The event will focus on fun, family-friendly mapping activities and orienteering games using your cell phone.

    • MAP your neighborhood
    • GO on a discovery hunt
    • LEARN how Southwest borders have changed over time
    • MASTER orienteering to challenge others
    • NAVIGATE distance & direction using a compass, your body & measuring tape
    • MEET curators
    • VISIT behind-the-scenes labs
    • TOUR collections storage areas