Maps and georesources

Find the tools, collections, and guides you need


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data tools to help with your mapping projects

Campus ESRI ArcGIS access

ESRI ArcGIS is available through a variety of avenues on campus.

Data and GIS Depot

The Data and GIS Depot is located in the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, basement level, and is dedicated to providing access and services to help students and faculty with Data and GIS instruction, tutoring, consultations, and more. Specialists in GIS and Data management, analysis, visualization, and storage are available via in person and zoom appointments, as well as walk-in during multiple office hours offered through the week. Check out the GIS Library Guide for details and times.

List of GIS Software available at the Data and GIS Depot computer lab:

  • ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene)  
  • QGIS 
  • Grass 
  • Google Earth Pro 
  • R Studio     
  • Anaconda Navigator (Python and R) 
  • Envi (Remote Sensing) 
  • Microsoft Suite 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 
  • Additional software packages 
ArcGIS software is also available via:
Student ESRI licenses

Current students are eligible to receive a 1-year ArcGIS Desktop or Pro License.

  • Single-use licenses for personal computers only
  • License includes advanced software and extensions, and can only be used for educational purposes
  • Contact the Earth Sciences, GIS, and Maps Librarian Chrissy Klenke ( to learn more
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Online and in-person map collections

Aerial view of Reno in black and white with the Truckee river showing houses and streets from the top

W.M. Keck Data Repository

The W.M. Keck Earth Sciences and Mining Geosciences Data Repository site hosts GIS imagery and maps specifically for the state of Nevada and surrounding areas. Availability includes NAIP, DOQ, CIR, DRG, Topographic Maps, SPOT, NED, DEM, Aster, Landsat, and Geologic Maps.

Historical map Mt. Diablo and surrounding area

Mary B. Ansari Map Library

Located in the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, the collection contains over 200,000 maps including topographic maps and earth science themes, for local, state, national and around the world. Search in the library catalog or come on in to see what we have.

Historic multicolored map of Goldfield, Nevada

Nevada and the Great Basin Maps Collections

This digital collection consists of maps related to historic Nevada and the Great Basin, including historic aerial photos, historic maps of Nevada and the Great Basin, Sanborn maps, and State Land Office maps.

Selection from map of a gold deposit from a thesis

The Mackay School Theses

The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Theses Collection includes scholarship related to the geologic, hydrological, geothermal, mining, and metallurgical information distinct to Nevada and the surrounding environs.

Research guides

Need help finding resources for your project? These guides are for you!

Geological Engineering and Sciences
Archival photo of the Kimberly mine with a variety of large mining equipment
GIS Guide
GIS map with different colors showing geological features in the greater Reno area
Metallurgical and mining engineering
Statue of Mackay outside of the Mackay Mines building