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Overview : Media Center for Science and Technology

The Keio University Faculty of Engineering, founded in 1944, began as the Fujiwara College of Engineering, which opened in Hiyoshi in 1939. The Faculty moved to Koganei after World War II, then relocated to its present campus in Yagami in 1972. The Matsushita Memorial Library, now the main building of the Media Center for Science and Technology, was built at that time with the financial support of Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic Co.Ltd.

The Faculty of Engineering became the Faculty of Science and Technology in 1981. The Media Center serves third and fourth year undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff members, as well as researchers from outside Keio University to contribute both in academia and industry.

The Center’s collection, which currently exceeds 360,000 volumes, continues to grow in tandem with the relentless advance of science and technology. To keep up with development in all areas of research, the Center focuses especially on the acquisition of journals, conference proceedings, and other time-value publications. It is also moving actively into the digital realm by adding electronic journals and online databases, that can be accessed 24 hours a day. The Center accepts reference queries, photocopy requests, and book requests from users via the internet through its Online Request Service. It also provides the field-specific information literacy training to ensure that students have tools they need for all areas of scholarly endeavors, from their thesis writing to postgraduate research. In April 2005, the Center expanded its dissemination capabilities with the launching of a doctoral thesis database.

With the opening of the So-so-kan (House of Creation and Imagination) in 2000, the Center offers a comfortable, state-of-the-art library space, including a reading room on the ground floor that is open until midnight.

As the Faculty of Science and Technology continues to expand its research and educational activities, the Media Center for Science and Technology strives to constantly improve in its provision of the materials, services, and functions required of a media center in this new age.