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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services: The Geospatial Lab

This guide gives a basic overview of Geographic Information Systems and the resources available to Texas State University library patrons.

Lab Information

The GIS Services manages the Geospatial Lab (now called GeoSpace) that houses 22 computer workstations with various geospatial and other software packages installed on them. Besides the Geospatial lab, computers in the following open labs also have these geospatial applications: ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro installed on them. To use any of the lab computers:

  1. You must be a student, faculty, or staff of Texas State University with a valid NetID. A login is required to access all applications on the computers.
  1.  You must have a personal storage device eg. external hard drive, portable hard drive, flash drive etc. to save/store all projects. ALL PATRON’S DATA LEFT ON WORKSTATIONS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED AFTER THEY SIGN OUT.
  1. No food or drink; covered or uncovered is allowed in the lab. NO EXCEPTIONS. Violators could have their food or drink ceased and in some cases, may be asked to leave the lab.

Lab Location: The GeoSpace is located on the 1st floor of the Alkek Library.

Lab Hours: The instruction lab is currently open for individual assignments and research at the following times -

M-Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat. 10:00 am -  5:00 pm

GIS lab in-person assistance currently, can be accessed M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm except during public holidays.

Lab Policies: The policies of the GeoSpace are the same as that of Alkek Library along with the three policies stated above. Usually, the lab is open to all forms of research and academic work but, whenever there is a shortage of space,  priority will be given to patrons needing a geospatial application for their project. 

Contact: For assistance, please contact us via chat, or by email. You can also schedule an appointment with the Library Experts for your GIS needs.

Note. Advanced GIS Research Consultation Services can be accessed during office hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5 p.m., except during public holidays. You can schedule an in-person appointment with GIS Services for your needs. 



The GIS Services unit maintains 22 64-bit Windows 10 workstations which are open to members of the University community primarily for GIS and related work. Each system has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-9700, 8 Core processor, 12MB Cache, 3.0GHz, 4.7 GHz Turbo w/UHD Graphics 630
  • 32 GB RAM
  • M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Besides, each workstation is equipped with a 34 inch curved monitor.


The workstations have various geospatial and related software packages installed on them. The following includes some of the software packages available at the lab:

Geospatial Software and Extensions

  • ArcGIS Desktop Version 10.7 (ArcMap)  - A windows-based integrated suite of GIS applications designed by ESRI for manipulating and displaying geographic data. Its associated extensions include:
    • 3D Analyst
    • Business Analyst Standard
    • Geostatistical Analyst
    • Maritime Bathymetry                                                  
    • Network Analyst
    • Publisher
    • Spatial Analyst
    • Tracking Analyst
    • Workflow Manager





  • ArcGIS Pro Version 3.1.x - It is the latest windows-based professional desktop GIS from Esri with the capabilities for viewing, exploring, analyzing, editing, and sharing (via the internet) maps and data. An ArcGIS Pro project can contain many maps and layouts as well as tables, charts, and other items. 3D capabilities are native to ArcGIS Pro; any 2D map can be converted to a 3D scene. All the extensions listed under ArcMap above are also available here.





  • Google Earth Pro – A 3D interactive globe that provides a platform for viewing and digitizing earth features. It is a product of Google originally designed as the business-oriented version of Google Earth.

  • Pix4Dmapper -  A photogrammetry software for professional drone mapping.

  • PyCharm - A free windows-based Python integrated development environment (IDE) equipped with troubleshooting capabilities.

  • Pyscripter 2.7 - A free Windows-based Python integrated development environment (IDE) equipped with troubleshooting capabilities.

  • QGIS 3.x – A free and open-source GIS application with several functionalities for GIS analysis.

Statistical Software

Other Software

Online Survey Instrument

  • Qualtrics: An advanced, secure, professional survey tool. Members of Texas State University have access to this software. Visit this link for more details.

Please visit the Software & Tools page for other useful software.

Software Availability

Software →


Erdas Imagine 2018



Google Earth Pro





Lab ↓


Alkek Library Floor 2








Alkek Library Floor 4 (Rm 440)





Alkek Library Floor 4 (Rm 450)






Alkek Library Floor 5








Alkek Library Floor 6








ASBS 201 (closed)









FCS 140









Jowers 101









McCoy 338









Avery 255 (RRC)









Interactive Display Space

Interactive Display Space

The GIS Services also manages a new space called the Interactive Display Space. The space is equipped with powerful computer systems including PufferTouch2+ Mobile Globe, Ideum Multi-touch Pro and  Ideum Presenter that enhance visualization of geospatial data and stimulates patrons thinking of spatial phenomenon. Visit this new space for a fascinating experience with spatial data visualization.

Tools & Equipment

1. Check out a Trimble TDC 100 GPS unit for your research.

2. Check out a Garmin Etrex 30 GPS unit for your research.

3. Parrot Sequoia Multispectral Camera. Contact the GIS Services Specialist for how to access this equipment.

4. Check out a TruPulse 200 Rangefinder GPS unit for your research.

Print & Scan Services

The Print Shop provides printing of USGS Topographic Maps and other print services for Texas State University students, faculty, and staff at a fee. Map requests are filled usually within 24 hours. This service is offered Monday-Friday. Assistance is also available for locating maps in hard copy. Several series of maps are housed in the collection. An online map request form is now available.  For information about the map printing service, see the map printing policy.

The Print Shop again provides large format scanning services using Contex HD-Ultra.  You can find more information about this service by visiting this page. For assistance, please contact us via email, or by telephone at 512-245-3686 / 512-245-3216