Maps & GIS Services

ArcGIS and Related Software

To obtain a free student copy of ArcGIS for Desktop or to renew your ArcGIS Student License, please visit: ArcGIS for Desktop .

The student copy may only be installed on a student personal computer. If intended to be installed on a Texas A&M-owned computer, ArcGIS must be purchased through the Texas A&M Software Center.

Students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M University and system agencies may also request access to Esri’s Business Analyst Online & TAMU’s ArcGIS Online organizational account in person or by sending a request to

Open Access Lab computers in Maps & GIS are loaded with ArcGIS and open source GIS software, including: QGIS and gvSIG.

GIS Workshops

GIS workshops are taught each semester. No prior experience is necessary, but registration is required.

GIS Data Request Service

GIS technicians are available to help you with your GIS data search. Please fill out our Data Request Form for recommendations on data sources appropriate for your project.

Expert Help

GIS Office Hours
GIS office hours are held every Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 PM. Feel free to drop by Maps & GIS on the second floor of Evans Library during this regularly scheduled time for expert assistance.

To schedule an individual consultation regarding your GIS project, please contact Dr. Cecilia Smith, Geospatial Librarian at

Email Us
The Geospatial Librarian and GIS technicians are also available via email to answer GIS questions. Or use our AskUs email form to route questions to our resident experts.

Class Visits
Instructors interested in having the Geospatial Librarian present GIS resources to their class or department please contact Dr. Cecilia Smith or use our class request form to arrange a time.

Classes may also meet in the Maps & GIS Library for a lecture or lab period to use the map collection. Please contact Sierra Laddusaw, Map Librarian, or use our class request form to arrange a class visit. 

Equipment for Checkout

Equipment Quantity Checkout Period Manual
A laptop loaded with GIS, GPS, and design software 1 4 hours
Garmin GPSmap 76CSx 2 7 days Manual
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx 2 7 days Manual

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