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Adopt-A-Library Telescope

Borrow a telescope from your local library! We’ve placed telescopes throughout the state of Massachusetts—at public libraries and institutions of higher learning—making telescopes accessible to all. Our library telescopes are compact and easy to use.

Borrowing is a great, no-risk way to discover if astronomy is the hobby for you. – San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers

Adopt-a-library telescope

Adopt-a-library telescope

Over 80 libraries have received an AAS adopt-a-library telescope to date!

The goal of our adopt-a-library telescope program is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people—who have never looked through a telescope—with the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

Placing the telescopes in local public libraries allows a greater general access to the telescope—since they are intended to be checked out of the library like a book.

  • Library Telescope Locator

    Enter your zip code to find the library telescopes nearest you

If you’re having trouble finding a telescope near you or have questions, please email our Library Telescope Program Coordinator: John C. Root at jroot60@charter.net or telephone him directly at 508-753-4228 for more details about the program in Massachusetts


We are incredibly grateful for the support provided by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society who were the originators of the Library Telescope Program. They provided great mentorship for us while we established the program in Massachusetts and they now have over 90 telescopes in libraries across New Hampshire.

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