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GIS Services at the Library

Installing ArcMap (Desktop) 10.X

If you are a Claremont-affiliated (student/faculty/staff) researcher and want to use ArcGIS through the library’s site license, you will need to request an Esri account (through this form).

After you fill out the form, you should expect to receive an invitation to join The Claremont Colleges Esri organization within about 48 hours. Once you accept this invitation, you will have access to ArcGISOnline.

If you want to have your own copy of ArcMap (Desktop) on your personal computer, you will need to request a student license code (EVAXXXXXXXXX) using the same form. **This software only runs on Windows.

Once you’ve logged onto Esri online (with the link sent to you in your invitation) you can use your authorization code to download your copy of the software from this site:

Installing ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is the newest Esri GIS platform and offers a number of useful extensions.

ArcGIS Pro can only run on a Windows operating system and requires Internet Explorer browser.

If you are a Claremont-affiliated (student/faculty/staff) researcher and want to use ArcGIS Pro (and do not already have an account through the library’s site license) you will need to request an Esri account (through this form).

You will then need to follow the instructions here to download and install the .exe file and set up your ArcGIS Pro installation. 


Additional recommendations for ArcMap

  • When using ArcMap, we recommend you create a folder to save your work in your root directory such as C:\gis or D:\gis ... not on your desktop or My Documents
  • Do not add spaces to the file name and folder names.
  • If you plan on working with raster data (or if you are not sure you are) do not use more than 13 characters in either your folder or file names.
  • When downloading data layers from Esri you will find you data is extracted to a temp folder. Not knowing where your data is located can make operations difficult. To point to the location your data is to be extracted, follow these steps:
    • Start ArcMAP. Once opened, select Customize Menu > ArcMAP Options > Sharing Tab > change the Use User Specified folder to your folder you are saving your work (I used example d:\gis\example). See here for demo
    • You will need to repeat this if you are at different computer.
  • Change setting on ArcGIS to work relative path. Open ArcMAP > File Menu > Map Document Properties and 'check' Store Relative pathnames to data sources.

Esri Help

Links to important updates to Esri software