Equipment and Software

Equipment Check-Out

Available equipment includes a laptop, projector, two digital cameras, several handheld Garmin GPS units, and one Trimble GPS unit for Geography & Planning faculty and student research.

The equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance from the desired check-out date.

The maximum check-out period is 72 hours (3 days). Check-out for a longer period of time must have prior, written approval from the Department Chair.

Complete the webform to reserve equipment.

Software Installation

ArcGIS / Esri

Many Esri products are available for student/faculty/staff home use for free. There are two options for installing the ArcGIS Desktop software:

  • Take your computer to the Computer Support Center (Anne Belk Hall, 828-262-8324) and they will install it.
  • Visit their website for instructions on how to download and install it yourself. 

If ArcGIS is already on your personal computer but you need you a license, complete this form for ESRI license renewal

  • For other license issues contact the GIS Lab Manager at

For information regarding the latest in ESRI GIS training please visit

For information regarding pre-purchased training allocated with our license agreement (and gain access to locked courses), please visit our ESRI GIS Training Webform

See frequently asked questions about ArcGIS.

Other Software

For information on other available software, see the IT Support Services software page.