Utilize GIS

This page covers GIS services available in the Scholarly Commons. For an in-depth overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), see our GIS guide.

Find Geospatial Data

You may wish to start your search for geospatial data with the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal.

This directory is a selection of geospatial data available throughout the web. If you cannot find the data you need in this list, please contact the Scholarly Commons at sc@library.illinois.edu.

U.S. Geospatial Data

Library Data Collection
If you would like to access the data in this list, please contact Data Discovery and Business Librarian Carissa Phillips at choller@illinois.edu for assistance.
  • PALSAR satellite imagery for northern Wisconsin

Library Subscription Services

Federal Government





Non-Government Organizations

Consult with our GIS Expert

The Scholarly Commons offers research consultations for GIS and geospatial technologies with our GIS expert, Wenjie Wang. Wenjie will work with you at any phase of your research, whether you are just starting to look for data, ready to analyze your data, or need advice on how to visualize your data. Email Wenjie at wenjiew@illinois.edu to schedule an appointment. You may also visit Wenjie during his drop-in consultation hours on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm in Group Room A located in Room 220 of the Main Library.

Use Advanced GIS Software

We have 12 Windows desktops with various GIS software applications. See our Software page for details.

Connect with the GIS Community at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois has a vibrant GIS community of researchers and professionals. The following academic units and groups teach GIS or organize GIS events:

Have another department to suggest? Contact us at sc@library.illinois.edu.

To subscribe to GIS-related email lists, visit the GIS Email Lists section on our GIS guide.