UBC Library offers GIS software, including ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASS, and Google Earth Pro. Software is available in computer labs at these locations:
Six Digital Scholarship Lab computers are accessible through Remote Labs (remotelabs.ubc.ca). Simply log in using your CWL, select one of the appropriate labs, and choose a machine. These remote lab machines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
See this page for a full list of software and UBC-V Library labs where each is available.
UBC makes available to students, staff, and faculty free and reduced cost licenses to a variety of software for use on personal computers. For a list of available software see here.
If you require assistance in installing or obtaining a license to the software, you can contact UBC IT for assistance.
Current UBC students can purchase a one-year license to use Esri’s desktop GIS software on their personal computers through the UBC Web Store. This $30 license includes ArcGIS desktop software and extensions. Access to Esri training at a reduced cost is also available. For faculty, staff, and departmental purchases, please contact Forestry IT, the managers of UBC's Esri site license, at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information, please visit gis.ubc.ca/software.
There is a variety of free and open source software options for GIS, and the best one for you will be determined by how you want to use it. The most common open source desktop GIS software is QGIS, which runs on MacOS, Linux, Android, and Windows operating systems. QGIS is free to download and install on your own computer from the project's website, or you can use it in the Data/GIS labs in Koerner Library.