The International
Library Telescope Program

Checkout telescopes from your local library for FREE.  More than 800 participating library locations across the world.

Amazing Views

The library telescope allows patrons to get close up view of the night sky including the Moon and even see the rings of Saturn and the Moons of Jupiter.
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Easy to Use

The library telescope's table top design makes it easy to use for the young and the young at heart.
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Loved by librarians

Library's love the library telescope because of its popularity with patrons.  The telescope's simple design means that most problems can be repaired.
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Gateway to the Universe.

Libraries are becoming more than just books!  Many public libraries offer a program that allows
patrons to checkout a telescope or binoculars for FREE!! 

The Concept

The library telescope program places telescopes in local public libraries instead of just schools, allowing greater general access to the scope since they can be put into circulation just as a book.Library Telescope

Where applicable, a local Club member acts as a foster parent to the scope. He or she will periodically clean and adjust the telescope, and act as a local astronomical resource to the library patrons. Additionally, a library member or student from a local school could be engaged as an apprentice astronomer to provide needed care to the scope.


The Telescope

The library telescope lending program uses a variety of telescopes including the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope. the Zhummell Z114, and the Bresser  5" Dobson telescope. The telescopes are easy to use, robust, and are typically modified to make them more durable and patron friendly.  The telescopes are of manageable size, but have a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common "beginners" telescopes. They provide a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer. 

Launched in 2008

The library telescope was launched in 2008 by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.
Public libraries and science organizations from around the globe are adopting the program.
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Our Goal

To foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery

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