MITSFS - The world's largest public open-shelf collection of science fiction is the MITSFS Library.

Welcome to MITSFS

The world's largest public open-shelf collection of science fiction is the MITSFS Library. Our database of books can be searched here or examined in /afs/ (On MIT Athena, attach mitsfs; cd /mit/mitsfs/Public.) We have both fantasy and high-tech sf, including sf horror; our collection includes some foreign-language material and science-fiction related books as well.

Anyone can come and browse whenever the Library is open (see the schedule), and members can borrow from our circulating section. We can be contacted at Membership is solely a matter of dues and is not restricted to MIT students. (But if you're not in the area, there's no point, though we welcome the donation.)

If you have any questions about donating books to our collection, please see our Donation FAQ.

We are located on the 4th floor of the Student Center, in W20-473:
Getting to MIT
Finding W20
Outline of W20-4 (gif)
W20-4 floorplan (PDF) (floorplans are MIT-access only)

Email to is the best way to talk to us, though you can also call 617-258-5126 (aka MIT x8-5126). Send snailmail to

MIT Science Fiction Society
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

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Upcoming Events!

Come join the MIT Science Fiction Society as we have several authors here to give talks on their books, answer questions, and more!

Steven Wilk - How the Ray Gun Got its Zap
Friday 30, January 2015 7-8pm @1-150
From his blog: "My new book, How the Ray Gun Got its Zap! is now out in bookstores, and is available over the internet as well. It's a collection of popular articles on odd optics, and the title essay is a History of the Ray Gun. I've written a new piece on The First Ray Gun, about the appearance of the first Ray Gun used by invading aliens in fiction -- in 1809."

Charlie Stross
Monday 9, February 6pm
Charles Stross, 49, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005, 2010, and 2014 Hugo awards for best novella, he has won numerous other awards and been translated into at least 12 other languages.

Guy Consolmagno
Sunday, 15 February 6:30pm
Guy Consolmagno is currently the Vatican astronomer, a Jesuit brother, and a MIT course 8 & MTISFS alum. He is the author of The Heavens Proclaim and received the Carl Sagan Medal in 2014. He's spoken at many sci-fi conventions, been on the Colbert Report, and commencement at Georgetown College.

Valerie Frankel
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies. She’s the author of over 20 books on pop culture since 2012. We hope to see you at some of these events!