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Maps and Geospatial Data

COVID-19 CLOSURE (Single owner/ Mention of virtual consultation)

Further to Quebec government and university directives, McGill campuses are currently closed. As a result, all library branches are closed until further notice. Library staff will continue to provide virtual reference during service hours. I will also be available via email and virtual consultation. For more information about the closure, please visit our COVID -19 | Library Closure & Service Disruptions FAQ.

COVID-19 Data Lab Access

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the library is currently closed. However, remote access to the computers in the Data Lab, in order to make use of the software, is available.

Detail on access are available here. You will need to connect via the VPN, before accessing the AnyDesk service. Once there, select "McLennan 237A (EDRS Lab). You can see what software is available on each computer by clicking that device (some have more options than others, such as the stations that have NVivo).

Finding maps and geospatial data

McGill Library holds an extensive collection of geospatial information resources, including over print maps, historical air photos, orthophotos, satellite imagery, and spatial data sets. Coverage is worldwide, with an emphasis on the greater Montreal region, Quebec, and Canada.

Geoindex is an excellent starting point for McGill users to find Geospatial data, including cadastral data, administrative regions, historical maps, and much more. Historical index map of the island of Montreal.

  • Request Data using the geospatial data request form.;Some data may also be downloaded directly from our server.
  • Request an appointment to consult the print map collection located on the second floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
  • As part of the geospatial data services the Library offers, we also keep track of the many Open data websites and portals. Contact us for assistance locating maps and data that we do not have in our collection.


You can access the old maps and geospatial data guide.

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