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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS software at Brandeis Library

ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS are installed on library computers in the following locations: 

  • Goldfarb Library Information Commons
  • Goldfarb Library 230 (Mezzanine floor)
  • Digital Scholarship Lab (Mezzanine floor)
  • Farber 101 Computer Classroom (First floor)

Remote Access

Remote access to our Digital Scholarship Lab's computers is being offered on an appointment basis. Contact our MakerLab staff to book an appointment.

Get ArcGIS Pro

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Brandeis students, faculty & staff

Sign into Brandeis ArcGIS Online account to activate your ArcGIS Pro licenses. Once you've signed in, you will be auto-licensed for ArcGIS Pro Advanced and the following extensions: 3D Analyst, Data Interoperability, Data Reviewer, Geostatistical Analyst, Image Analyst, Locate XT, Location Referencing, Publisher, and Spatial Analyst. Your ArcGIS Pro username will be UNetID_brandeis.

Download ArcGIS Pro software from Brandeis On the Hub. Contact the Tech Help Desk if you experience any installation issues.

Get ArcMap (ArcGIS Desktop)

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Brandeis students

Request a license key for ArcMap through your professor. The license will be good for one-year and is for academic use only. Once you have your license key, you can download ArcMap software from Brandeis on the Hub.

Brandeis faculty & staff 

Request a license key from the Tech Help Desk. Download the software from Brandeis on the Hub. Personal computers are included as well. Contact the Tech Help Desk if you experience any issues with licensing or installation.


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Use ArcGIS on a Mac

Both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro are designed to run in Windows. We highly recommend that you contact our Tech Help Desk for assistance before you install VMWare Fusion or other virtual machine software. They can help you check if your computer has the appropriate amount of processing power and storage to run a virtual machine and ArcGIS.

If you're a Mac user and would like to install ArcGIS on your computer, you can complete the following steps to install Windows OS on your Mac: