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GIS & Digital Mapping: Mapping Resources @ UK

An introductory guide offering resources for projects involving GIS, digital mapping, and geospatial technologies.

Downloading Esri Software

GIS Lab at The Science & Engineering Library

A small GIS Lab is located adjacent to the Gwen Curtis Map Collection on the 4th floor of the Science & Engineering Library and is open to any UK student, staff, or faculty member. Each workstation features a 30 inch monitor with ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, Google Earth, and assorted design software available. Additionally, one computer features an 11x17 flatbed scanner. In addition to the workstations, there are assorted training workbooks and GIS reference materials available for consulting. The lab area has the same hours as the Science and Engineering Library

**Please note that to use ArcGIS Pro, you will need a campus Esri account. You can request one here:**

GIS Lab in Science & Engineering Library

Additional Campus Computers

ArcGIS and other software can be found on select computers around campus. For details regarding specific locations and hours.

GPS Units

Five Garmin GPSMap 64st units are available for borrowing at the Science & Engineering Library.

The GPS units may be borrowed by UK students, faculty, and staff. The loan period is 7 days, with the ability for one renewal. To borrow a unit, stop by the Science & Engineering Library Circulation Desk. 

myVirtualDEN Software

Via VirtualDen, any UK student can use their personal computer to access an array of software, including ArcGIS and QGIS. To find out more, please consult this website.


Kentucky Geological Survey

Kentucky Geological Survey is a state supported research center and public resource within the University of Kentucky. KGS focuses on geologic resources, environmental issues, and natural hazards affecting Kentucky. Assorted data, publications, and online maps can be found on KGS's website.