ArcMap (also known as ArcGIS Desktop) is GIS software from Esri.

ArcMap is a full-fledged desktop GIS.  It reads and writes many geospatial data formats, provides a large set of processing and analytical tools, and can be used to create detailed maps.

ArcMap has been around for two decades, and is being replaced by ArcGIS Pro.  Esri has announced that there are no plans to release an ArcMap 10.9, but the current 10.8.1 version will be supported until 2026.

In the library

ArcMap is currently available on the public computers at the following locations:

  • Mann Library -- public computers, Stone Classroom, and B30A and B30B classrooms

For your own computer

ArcGIS runs on Windows only, and requires an Esri license.  If you would like to get a license to run it on your own computer:

  • Students currently enrolled in a GIS course -- contact your instructor
  • Others -- contact Frank Popowitch (


Cornell Library no longer teaches ArcMap workshops, although we still can help answer your questions about the program.