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United States Naval Academy
121 Blake Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy in Annapolis. Established in 1845 under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, it is the second oldest of the United States' five service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
Notable alumni include science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein; author William Lederer; and astronauts Alan Shepard, Walter Schirra, James Irwin, Jim Lovell, William Anders, and Wendy B. Lawrence.
The entire campus is a National Historic Landmark and home to many historic sites, buildings, and monuments. The academy offers guided tours from the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center. A photo ID compliant with the REAL ID Act is required for entry. Additional ID is required if you are from a state with non-compliant ID cards. See the website for details.
Library access: The website states that the "Naval Academy's Nimitz Library is funded and staffed to provide library collections and other services to the Academy's midshipmen, faculty, and staff. From time to time other individuals seek to make use of the Library's materials and other resources, and we often extend them this courtesy on a limited basis." Visitors not affiliated with the Naval Academy must sign in at the circulation desk and present a photo ID.
Borrowing privileges are available to retired military who reside in the Annapolis area.
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