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GIS Resources at Ball State University Libraries: Getting Started

List of GIS Resources including data, software, training and news.

GIS in the University Libraries

At Ball State University, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library offers a suite of services and support for all geospatial endeavors by our students, faculty and staff. 

Members of the Ball State community can request geospatial software, use both local and global datasets maintained on the libgis data server, receive one-on-one consultation, request topic specific classroom instruction sessions, and have access to our 28 station GIS computer lab. 

Please call 765-285-1097, or send an email to for GIS assistance.

Ball State maintains an educational license with Esri; commercial use of Esri's software through this license is prohibited.

Ball State GIS Email List

We like to keep our GIS community up-to-date on the latest software upgrades, upcoming  GIS events and licensing issues through our outlook group: BSU_GisKG (Ball State GIS Knowledge Group). 

Contact the GIS Specialist if you would like to be added to this group.

GIS Contact

BL 224

GIS Research Area


The GIS Research and Map Collection staff are here to support all of your GIS endeavors.  We provide consultation services for every level of GIS research and project, and can get you started off with correct software, methods and data to make your project is a success.