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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The current 168-acre campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile along the northern bank of the Charles River basin. MIT, with five schools and one college that contain a total of 32 departments, is often cited as among the world's top universities. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well.

Library: The MIT library system consists of five subject libraries: Barker (Engineering), Dewey (Economics), Hayden (Humanitie and Science), Lewis (Music), and Rotch (Arts and Architecture). There are also various specialized libraries and archives. The libraries contain more than 2.9 million printed volumes, 2.4 million microforms, 49,000 print or electronic journal subscriptions, and 670 reference databases. The website states that "access to MIT Libraries facilities, services, and resources by visitors is limited to meeting a specific need for the scholarly, research, or educational materials and services available in the MIT Libraries." Borrowing cards are available to alumni for $150 per year and to others for $500 per year.

MIT is home to the MIT Science Fiction Society (or MITSFS), a student organization that maintains a large publicly-accessible library of science fiction and fantasy books and magazines. Pioneering science-fiction editor John W. Campbell was a student at MIT,and in 1972 his widow donated Campbell's personal set of Astounding Science Fiction to the library. The library is located on the fourth floor in MIT's Julius Adams Stratton Student Center.

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