Information Technology

Lab Information & Hours

The Drop-In Laboratory (Smith 415), Collaboratory (Smith 415C), and Sherman Lab (Smith 401) each contain Windows PCs running a suite of common GIS and office software. A valid UW Net ID is required for login. See the list of available software for details.

The Collaboratory and Sherman Labs also host courses. The Sherman Lab may be used during scheduled course times ONLY at the instructor’s discretion. Visit the Geography Calendaring page for to view lab course schedules and reservations.

Sherman Lab (Smith Hall 401) Hours

Fall, Winter, and Spring academic quarters:

  • Monday: 8:45 - 5:45
  • Tuesday: 8:45 - 7:00
  • Wednesday: 8:45 - 5:45
  • Thursday: 8:45 - 7:00
  • Friday: 8:45 to 4:15 
  • Weekends: Closed

Drop-In Lab (Smith Hall 415) Hours

  • Monday: 8:45 - 9:00
  • Tuesday: 8:45 - 5:00
  • Wednesday: 8:45 - 9:00
  • Thursday: 8:45 - 5:00
  • Friday: 8:45 to 4:15 
  • Weekends: Closed

Labs are closed on all University holidays and during breaks.

During Summer A/B sessions, only the Drop-In Lab is available:

  • Monday through Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday: Closed.

Technical Support

Need help? Lab technical support is available. If you are having trouble with a computer in one of the labs, email Please include the workstation name (see label on the front or right side of the PC) along with any error messages and a description of the problem.

Related Links

To view lab course schedules and reservations, view the Geography Calendaring page.

Resources for Grads and Faculty

Department Calendars

Room reservations and equipment checkout calendars. To schedule courses or other events in Smith Hall rooms 401, 409, and 415C, contact Nell Gross (

Department Technical Support

UW Classroom Services

Contact UW IT Facilities for information about classroom equipment, keys, or problem reporting for non-Geography classrooms.

Server and Cloud-Based Resources

Existing Geography IT Resources/Infrastructure Access and Support

Requesting New IT Resources

Other GIS and IT Resources on Campus

GIS Resources

Other UW-IT Resources