For FAQs and current status of services and policies see UW Libraries Operations Updates
The Suzzallo Library GIS Lab is open during Winter Quarter and in-person or remote assistance is available!
GIS-related questions can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a Zoom appointment with Libraries GIS staff.
The GIS Lab is provided by the University Libraries to support the use of GIS for coursework and research by UW students, faculty, and staff. Groups are welcome to work together on GIS assignments in this space. GIS Lab staff are available to assist lab users with locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and basic ArcGIS functionality. Lab staff cannot provide extended assistance with the completion of course assignments. Lab users are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty and/or TAs for assistance with, or clarification of, course assignments.
Lab staff do not make maps for students, staff, faculty, or the general public.
If you do not have knowledge of the ArcGIS software suite please investigate the available books, tutorials, and courses.
Two important things you must know about the GIS Lab:
You must be a student, faculty, or staff member of the University of Washington to use the GIS Lab. UWNetID login is required to access software applications on the computers.
You must backup your GIS projects to your own media before you leave the lab. ALL DATA LEFT ON WORKSTATIONS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED AFTER 15 MINUTES OF INACTIVITY AND/OR NIGHTLY, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Printing is available from library workstations for a small fee at several central locations. Please click here for more information on printing from library workstations.
The lab has 21 HP workstations with 24 inch monitors. Software available includes:
Several resources are available, a few of which are restricted to UW students, faculty, and staff.
These resources are useful for members of the UW community and for those without a UW NetID or access to ESRI's GIS products.
For Spring Quarter 2023, the GIS Lab is open for use during all Suzzallo Library open hours. If the GIS Lab door is locked during these hours, please see library staff at the Suzzallo Ground Floor (GMM) Help Desk for assistance opening the lab. In-person assistance with GIS questions is available in the lab during the hours listed in the table below.
Alternatively, library users may email questions or requests to email@example.com.
Lab staff can provide assistance with basic GIS tasks such as discovering data for your project, getting data into your project, and basic geoprocessing tasks. TAs and instructors remain the primary source of information about assignment scope and requirements.
Spring Break 2023
|Monday||OPEN--No Lab Assistance|
|Tuesday||OPEN--No Lab Assistance|
|Wednesday||CLOSED for Upgrades|
|Thursday||CLOSED for Upgrades|
|Friday||CLOSED for Upgrades|
|Saturday||No GIS Help in Lab|
|Sunday||No GIS Help in Lab||
There are a range of options for backing files associated with a GIS or other school projects when using computers within the Suzzallo GIS lab. Below are some of the different options: