The Geospatial Centre, located in Dana Porter Library in Waterloo, provides cartographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) services to the University of Waterloo community. Services include reference, workshops, and access to GIS and remote sensing data. Students, faculty, and staff have access to digital and printed maps, GIS technology, aerial photographs, and more.

Architecture students, faculty and researchers can access all of these resources here in Cambridge!

Learn more about GIS and what it can do for you on our Geographic Informations Systems (GIS) for architecture reseach guide.

Data resources

You can access GIS data by:

If you're interested in accessing data from our collections, contact the Geospatial Centre.

Before we are able to provide any data from our collections, you must complete the data release agreement form.


University of Waterloo has an Esri Institutional License, which permits any student or employee of the University of Waterloo to use Esri ArcGIS software for teaching, learning, and research purposes. Commercial use is not permitted. Learn more about accessing ESRI ArcGIS software.

ArcGIS tutorials can be customized to your needs and can be done on an individual or small-group basis. Contact the Geospatial Centre to book a time for GIS software assistance.

Instruction and curriculum support

We are here to support classroom use of GIS technologies.  We can do this by:

  • providing in-class instruction and technical support
  • facilitating introductory workshops
  • helping you find, access and compile resources
  • creating tailored web or print guides

To discuss how we can help you, please contact the Geospatial Centre.