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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This guide helps you get started learning about GIS and how to find geospatial data.

About Library Special Projects

This page contains information about upcoming, ongoing, and recent special library projects related to GIS and geospatial data.


Do you have an idea for a special project for the library? Would you like to collaborate with the library on a special project? If so, let us know by emailing

Vancouver's Old Streams

close-up of a section of street map of Vancouver showing the old paths of the streams

Vancouver's Old Streams, 1880-1920 is a map produced by UBC Library and the Vancouver Aquarium that shows the paths of streams in Vancouver from 1880-1920 and the original shoreline of Vancouver. The map, and the data used to create it, are available to be downloaded online.

Online Interactive Finding Aid Maps

We have created new online interactive finding aid maps to navigate some of our larger dataset collections or understand how openly available data, such as the census is organized by geography. We will be periodically adding to this collection, so watch this space!

Available maps:

Upcoming Project

We would like to start work on a new project to georeference our Greater Vancouver Regional District Land Use Maps

If you have any suggestions or would like to help out on this project, let us know!