Equipment & Software Requests

Equipment Check-Out

Equipment rentals are for department faculty, staff, graduate students, and majors. Available equipment includes a digital camera, a video camera, a projector, a recorder, a laptop, a tablet, and multiple GPS units (Garmin, Trimble).

The equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to three weeks in advance from the desired check-out date. The maximum check-out period is three days. Any check-out for a longer period of time must have formal, written approval from the GIS Lab Supervisor.

For additional information and to reserve equipment, complete the Equipment Rental Webform.

Software Installation


Esri has announced that ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap and its associated suite of tools, including ArcGlobe, etc.) will no longer be available through the Education Site License beginning July 1, 2024. This means that all current ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) users will need to transition to ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Online by June 30, 2024. For further details, see ArcMap Retirement in Education Programs .

ESRI products are freely available to current faculty, staff, and students of Appalachian State University. There are two options for installing ArcGIS:

  • Install the software and request a license by following these instructions.
  • Take your computer to the Computer Support Center (Anne Belk Hall) to have the software installed for you.

For other license issues, contact the GIS Lab Manager.

If you are interested in accessing trainings provided by ESRI, complete the ESRI Training Webform. For information regarding the latest in training, visit

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions About ArcGIS.

Other Software

For information on other available software, see Software Available for Student Personal Machines.