Library Resources

  • Campus Virtual Private Network (cVPN)

  • This is software that creates a secure connection to the campus network, so you appear to be on campus when connecting to Library and other University resources. This is the most complicated of these tools to set up, but generally the most reliable for accessing university resources.
    CVPN guide here.

  • ProxyIt
    ProxyIt is a browser tool that lets you add the proxy server information to a web site with a click. This will work for many resources, but it does not guarantee access. For example, this method will fail where the Library has access to a journal's archive in JSTOR rather than the publisher web site.
    Get ProxyIt from our guide to off-campus access

Geography/GIS Library Support

Subject Librarian Contact:

The Map Collection is currently open to faculty and students Mon-Fri from 1-5PM. No appointments are necessary. Map scans can be requested by using the ‘Scan and Deliver’ link at the bottom of map catalog records. Sam Brown, Map Collection Assistant, is available to help select maps from the collection for viewing and scanning.

GIS Librarian
Cecilia Smith, Director of Digital Scholarship

For questions related to the Map Collection
Barbara Kern, Director of the Sciences and Social Sciences


GIS and Geographical Sciences Library Guides

  • Software is available to students through remote access through vLab and ArcGIS Online. Individual access to GIS software is immediately available through open source applications like QGIS and GeoDa, or purchase via the Research Computing Center. ArcGIS Online is a particularly user and classroom friendly option for beginners and those looking to work collaboratively in groups. She frequently works with classes to introduce students to ArcGIS Online and the StoryMaps component.
  • Tutorials are widely available online, but she particularly recommend the ArcGIS and QGIS tutorials on LinkedIn Learning for asynchronous learning in classes. She also has a number of step-by-step pdf tutorials for ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and QGIS.
  • Journals and books are available as e-resources though the library catalog. She links to a number of these on the guides, and databases like Web of Science and Scopus to find peer reviewed articles that are available online.
  • Spatial data can be found in many locations. A few websites referred to in the guides include the Big10 Geoportal, the RCC’s list of spatial data, and many more. Here is a link to the spatial data guide:
  • Access to paper maps is available through the library’s Digital Collections and the Big10 Geoportal. There are many other historical paper map sources online (including the Rumsey Map Collection, Old Maps Online, the UT Austin Library, and USGS TopoView) that she will add to guides.
  • Library instruction will be available via Zoom and video this quarter. The library is  working to transition their in-person workshops for online learning. These are usually introductions to spatial thinking concepts and particular software. Cecilia is also available to create tailored software demos, workshops, and general presentations on available resources for individual classes and research groups.

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Student Well-Being Support

  • For emergency financial funding, please utilize the Bursar Emergency Financial Assistance program. This new program is accessible through the MyUChicago portal, and more information can be found on the Bursar website. The Bursar offers multiple options to receive assistance once approved, including Direct Deposit and pay cards. 
  • If you are experiencing food insecurityplease fill out this form. The Center for College Student Success will continue to provide vouchers to Hyde Park Produce and is working to introduce new resources to meet student need.