Geospatial data, GIS, and maps at UTSC

Geospatial data and digital maps

At the University of Toronto there are numerous options for accessing geospatial data. Some major sources include:

  • Map and Data Library Geospatial Data Inventory
    A tool for the discovery of all geospatial datasets held at the University of Toronto as well as some outside sources. This tool can also be used to search for digital and physical maps at the Map and Data Library.
  • Scholars Geoportal
    A tool for the discovery of geospatial data licensed by the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

GIS software

All UTSC Library computers have ArcGIS installed. UTSC students and faculty can also request a license for ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, or other Esri software for their own computers.


The physical map collection is located in a series of cabinets in the hallway outside of the Digital Scholarship Unit (DSU) office and is available during library hours. Please ask staff at the Reference Desk for assistance in locating maps.


The UTSC Library holds 15,000+ maps covering Ontario, Canada and the world, but specializes in maps of the Scarborough area.

The UTSC Library also holds more than 400 atlases, gazetteers, geographical dictionaries and cartographic reference books, many of which are for reference purposes only. These are searchable in the catalogue.


Maps may circulate to students for a 24-hr period, and to instructors for one week, unless a longer period of time is needed. Instructors may also borrow maps for classroom use, or place them on Course Reserves for perusal by students.

Contact info

For help finding geospatial data and digital maps, contact staff at the Information and Reference desk.
For help finding physical maps, contact Patricia LaCivita, Collections Coordinator: