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Maps & Geospatial Data

Gardner Family Map Room

The Gardner Family Map Room is located in 205 Thompson Library  & is open Monday - Friday from 10 am -6pm.  Closed on Weekends and Holidays.

For more information about the collection, please contact Jan Wagner.

Research Commons

Researchers seeking assistance with GIS research design, finding geospatial data, or instructional and technical support for GIS software and online mapping tools can draw on the services offered by the Research Commons at 18th Avenue Library.

For more information about the Research Commons, visit our website. For questions regarding our GIS services, please email Josh Sadvari, GIS Specialist, at

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Welcome to the Maps & Geospatial Data guide! University Libraries provides support to Ohio State students and faculty interested in learning and using GIS or maps for course assignments, research projects, and more.

We can provide you with assistance for finding geospatial datasets, organizing and cleaning geospatial data, and choosing the right software or tool for your project.

In addition to the various tools available for GIS analysis and online mapping, Ohio State has a large collection of paper maps primarily located in the Gardner Family Map Room in Thompson Library.

Featured Database

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets

Provides access to statistical datasets produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations in subject categories including: Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice and Law; Education; Energy Resources and Demand; Food and Agriculture; Government and Politics; Health and Vital Statistics; Housing and Construction; Industry, Business, and Commerce; International; Labor and Employment; Natural Resources and Environment; Population and Income; Prices and Cost of Living; Stocks and Commodities; and Transportation and Travel. Datasets can be exported in tabular and shapefile formats for use in a GIS.

Start exploring Data-Planet today by accessing this database through the Libraries' catalog here: Data-Planet.

For questions about locating GIS data in Data-Planet, please email Josh Sadvari at

Featured Map

Geospatial Information Librarian

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Joshua Sadvari
490F 18th Avenue Library
175 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Library Associate for Maps

Head of Geology Library & Map Room
Mathematical Sciences Librarian
Science Education Specialist

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Danny Dotson
180E Geology Library
Orton Hall