Library:HSS GIS Software

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Koerner Library, Room 217

Room 217 provides access to PC workstations with a wide range of software, including productivity, GIS, and statistical software. The room is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis any time that Koerner Library is open and there isn't a class being held in the room.

Please note that when you log out of the lab's computers, all files stored on the computer will be deleted. Please store all files on an external storage device.

Location: Second Floor of Koerner Library, near the map cabinets.

Hours To check room availability, please check the calendar posted on the wall outside the room, or see the online calendar of events.

Data/GIS Lab

ArcGIS Suite and statistical software (including SPSS, R, and Stata) are available in the Data/GIS Lab in Koerner Library, Room 218A (second floor). The lab is available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm on a first-come-first-served basis for those needing access to GIS and statistical software. Inquire at the Research Commons desk to be let in to the lab. Keys are no longer available for the room, and applications are no longer required.

Please note: During certain hours, the lab is used for Research Commons consulting. During these times, there will be fewer computers available, and there will be conversations in the room. For Research Commons hours, please see the Consultations tab on the Research Commons homepage.

ArcGIS Student Edition

Esri ArcGIS Student Edition software (1-year licence) is available to UBC students, faculty and staff through the Faculty of Forestry for $25. The software includes Spatial, Geostatistical, Network, and 3D Analyst extensions. A Registration Code can be purchased from the Faculty of Forestry receptionist in room 2045, Forest Sciences Centre with $25.00 and presentation of your UBC card.

For a complete list of Esri software and licences available at UBC, please visit UBC's Geomatics website.

Open Source GIS Software

There are free, open source GIS software packages downloadable from the web. Several can be installed on Mac OS (whereas the Esri ArcGIS Suite cannot). The most common of these is QGIS. A full list of open source GIS software and tools can be found at

For more information on QGIS, including download instructions and users guide, visit
A QGIS training manual can be found at