QGIS is free, open-source desktop GIS software.  It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

QGIS is a full-fledged desktop GIS.  It reads an writes nearly all geospatial data formats, enables amazingly dynamic cartography, and provides a robust set of processing and analytical tools.  Additional functionality is provided by over 300 plugins, which can be installed with just a few clicks.  For more details, see the QGIS website.

QGIS is developed by contributors from around the world who are constantly adding new features and improving the program.  New versions of QGIS are released every four months.  The changelog is a great way of learning about the latest features.

In the library

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

  • Mann Library: all Windows desktop computers, Stone Classroom, and B30A and B30B classrooms
  • Other campus libraries: most Windows desktop computers (except the Library Annex and stacks and other standup kiosks)

For your own computer

QGIS is free and open source software, which means you can download a copy for your own computer and be up and running within just a few minutes. Installers for Windows, Mac, and Linux are available from the official QGIS website:


Cornell Library offers introductory QGIS workshops each semester.  Check the workshop schedule for details.

If you would like to get started on your own, check out these resources: