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of books, tapes, and computers


World Science Center will offer two libraries for the use of all scientists, of all communications media, and for the inquiries of interested laymen. The Center will have a very excellent library of the conventional variety with work areas for the scholar and student of science. But current plans for World Science Center also include a computerized library. This electronic library will have a special rhythm about it that will be truly awesome. On computer tapes will be recorded an ever-growing bibliography of the world's scientific literature.

With the most advanced techniques of information retrieval at his disposal, the researcher will be able to conduct a literature search far more easily, thus enabling him to devote his valuable time to crucial laboratory research. Many of the materials to which the scientist will want to refer will be found on microfilm in the Academy's own library. Cooperating libraries may be linked in a network with World Science Center.

The Academy's printing facilities, set in a sub-floor of World Science Center, will permit even faster dissemination of publications to scientists throughout the world. Today, these printing facilities are crowded in the basement of the Academy building. The efficient layout of the new print shop will greatly speed the production of the Academy's famous Annals, which record the proceedings of Academy conferences; the Transactions, which contain papers delivered at monthly meetings, and The Sciences.
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