During operating hours, building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Map Services Overview

We offer consultations, workshops, and software recommendations to guide your creation and use of maps, geographic analyses, and geospatial data. Regardless of your experience level, we have services to meet your needs. Consultations and workshops are freely available to members of the GW university community and its affiliates.

Making Maps and Using GIS Software Consulting Guidelines

Services Provided

  • One-on-one and small group consultation appointments to help you find, access, analyze, and publish geospatial data, historic maps, remotely sensed imagery, and similar data sources.
  • We offer support for you to learn techniques and identify and use GIS software and visualization tools appropriate for your particular research project. It is the researcher’s responsibility to ensure that the research design, analysis, and presentation are appropriate for their context.
  • In addition to our pre-scheduled workshops, we may be available to offer in-class or asynchronous video tutorials for specific software, tools, or datasets on request.

Types of Assistance Not Covered by Our Service

  • Creating maps or conducting analyses on your behalf
  • Purchasing individual software licenses. Although we will take recommendations and assist with the installation of licenses currently available to you as well as free, open source software tools.


Contact Us!

Questions about our services?  Contact us at libdata@gwu.edu.