Hardware & Software

OAL Computers | GIS Laptop | ArcGIS Student License | Open Source

Open Access Lab Computers

ESRI's ArcMap(View) 10 and ArcCatalog 10 are available at all OAL computers.  Three stations are located in Map & GIS Library. 

GIS Laptop

One wireless-enabled Dell Mobile Precision M6600 Laptop is available for patron checkout for use within Map & GIS Library. The laptop may be borrowed by TAMU faculty, students, and staff for four-hour periods and must be returned 15 minutes before closing, even if the four-hour checkout period has not expired.  The laptop is property of Map & GIS Library and was purchased in part with support from the Dan and Barbara Clinton ’52 Challenge Grant Endowment for Maps.

Applications available:

ArcGIS for Desktop - Faculty and Staff

You must purchase ArcGIS through the Texas A&M Software Center. the student copies are only to be installed in student personal computers, not a Texas A&M-owned computer. If intended to be installed in a Texas A&M-owned computer, ArcGIS must be purchased through the Texas A&M Software Center.

If you are an instructor at Texas A&M University, and want to provide the software to your students, you may request the licenses for them to install on personal computers. Texas A&M University holds an Esri campus-wide site license, and one of the benefits is that enrolled students may be eligible to obtain a free copy of the ArcGIS and Extensions Student Edition—One-Year Education Use Only (media and license). Students cannot request a copy, instead a faculty or full-time staff member must place the request. Read here for details to check if you are eligible and how to obtain a copy.
Note: It is not required that you are a GIS instructor to request the software.

ArcGIS for Desktop - Students


BAO is available to all TAMU members (faculty, students and staff) for non-commercial teaching and learning purposes. TAMU members can get access through the library databases, first time users need to request an account.

Note: If you are interested in using BAO for a faculty/staff research project that does not involve student learning, please contact the Texas A&M Software Center.


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