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Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The University is organized into 11 separate academic units with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area: its 209-acre main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3 miles northwest of Boston. It operates several arts, cultural, and scientific museums, alongside the Harvard Library, which is the world's largest academic and private library system, comprising 79 individual libraries with over 18 million volumes. Harvard's alumni include eight U.S. presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 335 Rhodes Scholars, and 242 Marshall Scholars. To date, some 150 Nobel laureates and 5 Fields Medalists (when awarded) have been affiliated as students, faculty, or staff.
Notable alumni from the world of science-fiction and fantasy include Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Michael Crichton and Margaret Atwood. Other literary figures include William S. Burroughs, E.E. Cummings, John dos Passos, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Gertrude Stein and John Updike. Notable alumni from the entertainment world include Matt Damon, Fred Gwynne ("The Munsters"), Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, John Lithgow, Conan O'Brien, Wallace Shawn and Steve Zahn.
The university offers student-led public walking tours of Harvard Yard and provides pamphlets for self-guided tours. Most libraries require a Harvard ID for entry, but some are open to the public. The campus also includes art, science and history museums that are open to the public.
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