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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

163 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.

Below you can search the current list of libraries where you can borrow a telescope

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Library NameAddressCityStateZip Code
Abington Public Library 600 Gliniewicz Way Abington MA 02351
Acushnet Public Library 232 Middle Road Acushnet MA 02743-2020
Amesbury Public Library 149 Main St, Amesbury MA 01913
Jones Library 43 Amity St, Amherst MA 01002
Memorial Hall Library 2 N Main St, Andover MA 01810
Stevens Memorial Library Memorial Drive Ashburnham MA 01430
Ashland Public Library 66 Front St, Ashland MA 01721
Athol Public Library 568 Main St, Athol MA 01331
Auburn Public Library 369 Southbridge St, Auburn MA 01501
Sturgis Library 3090 Main St, Barnstable MA 02630
The Woods Memorial Library 19 Pleasant St, Barre MA 01005
Clapp Memorial Library 19 South Main Street, Belchertown MA 01007
Bellingham Public Library 100 Blackstone St, Bellingham MA 02019
Belmont Public Library 336 Concord Ave Belmont MA 02478
Bennington Free Library 101 Silver St, Bennington VT 05201
Berkley Public Library 2 N Main St, Berkley MA 02779
Berlin Public Library 23 Carter St, Berlin MA 01503
Cushman Library 28 Church Street Bernardston MA 01337
Beverly Public Library 32 Essex St, Beverly MA 01915
Billerica Public Library 15 Concord Rd, Billerica MA 01821
Blackstone Public Library 86 Main St, Blackstone MA 01504
Porter Memorial Library 87 Main St, Blandford MA 01008
Bolton Public Library 738 Main St, Bolton MA 01740
Jonathan Bourne Public Library 19 Sandwich Rd, Bourne MA 02532
Boxford Public Library 7A Spofford Rd, Boxford MA 01921
Boylston Public Library 695 Main St, Boylston MA 01505
Brewster Ladies' Library 1822 Main St, Brewster MA 02631
Merrick Public Library 2 Lincoln Street Brookfield MA 01506
Public Library of Brookline 31 Pleasant St, Brookline – Coolidge Corner MA 02446
Public Library Of Brookline 361 Washington St, Brookline Village MA 02445
Tyler Memorial Library 157 Main St, Charlemont MA 01339
Charlton Public Library 40 Main St, Charlton MA 01507
Brookline Library ,Putterham Branch 959 W Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill MA 02467
Bigelow Free Public Library 54 Walnut St, Clinton MA 01510
Concord Free Public Library 129 Main St, Concord MA 01742
Dedham Public Library 43 Church St, Dedham MA 02026
M.G.Parker Memorial Library 28 Arlington St, Dracut MA 01826
Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library 40 Schofield Ave, Dudley MA 01571
Duxbury Free Library 77 Alden St, Duxbury MA 02332
East Bridgewater Public Library 32 Union St, East Bridgewater MA 02333
East Longmeadow Public Library 60 Center Square East Longmeadow MA 01028
Eastham Public Library 3145, 190 Samoset Rd Eastham MA 02642
Erving Public Library 17 Moore St, Erving MA 01344
Fitchburg Public Library 610 Main Street, Fitchburg MA 01420
Boyden Library 10 Bird St, Foxborough MA 02035
Framingham Public Library 49 Lexington St, Framingham MA 01702
Franklin Public Library 118 Main Street, Franklin MA 02038
Levi Heywood Memorial Library 55 W Lynde St, Gardner MA 01440
Grafton Public Library 35 Grafton Common Grafton MA 01519
Taylor County Public Library 200 Beech St, Grafton WV 26354
Groton Public Library 99 Main Street Groton MA 01450-1865
Hampden Public Library 625 Main Street Hampden MA 01036-0129
John Curtis Free Library 534 Hanover St. Hanover MA 02339
Paige Memorial Library 87 Petersham Rd, Hardwick MA 01037
Harvard Public Library 4 Pond Rd, Harvard MA 01451
Hingham Public Library 66 Leavitt St, Hingham MA 02043
Holliston Public Library 752 Washington St, Holliston MA 01746
Hopkinton Public Library 13 Main St, Hopkinton MA 01748
Hubbardston Public Library 7 Main St # 8 Hubbardston MA 01452
Hudson Public Library 3 Washington St, Hudson MA 01749
Ipswich Public Library 25 N Main St, Ipswich MA 01938
Kingston Public Library 6 Green Street Kingston MA 02364-1441
Thayer Memorial Library 717 Main St, Lancaster MA 01523
Lawrence Public Library 51 Lawrence St, Lawrence MA 01841
Leicester Public Library 1 Paxton St, Leicester MA 01524
Leominster Public Library 30 West St, Leominster MA 01453
Cary Memorial Library 1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington MA 02420
Lincoln Public Library 3 Bedford Rd, Lincoln MA 01773
Reuben Hoar Library 98 Shattuck St, Littleton MA 01460
Richard Salter Storrs Library 693 Longmeadow Street Longmeadow MA 01106-2215
Hubbard Memorial Library 24 Center St, Ludlow MA 01056
Lunenburg Public Library 1023 Massachusetts Ave, Lunenburg MA 01462
Marlborough Public Library 35 W Main St, Marlborough MA 01752
Mattapoisett Free Public Library 7 Barstow St, Mattapoisett MA 02739
Maynard Public Library 77 Nason St, Maynard MA 01754
Medfield Public Library 468 Main St, Medfield MA 02052
Medway Public Library 26 High St, Medway MA 26 High St,
Merrimac Public Library 86 W Main St, Merrimac MA 01860
Nevins Memorial Library 305 Broadway St. Methuen MA 01844
Milford Town Library 80 Spruce St, Milford MA 01757
Millbury Public Library 128 Elm St, Millbury MA 01527
Millis Public Library 961 Main St, Millis. MA 02054
Milton Public Library 476 Canton Ave, Milton MA 02186
Mystic & Noank Library 40 Liberty Street Mystic CT 06355-2418
Nahant Public Library 15 Pleasant St, Nahant MA 01908
Nantucket Atheneum 3 India St, Nantucket MA 02554
Morse Institute Library 14 E Central St, Natick MA 01760
Newburyport Public Library 94 State St, Newburyport MA 01950
Newton Free Library 330 Homer Street Newton MA 02459-1429
Norfolk Public Library 139 Main St, Norfolk MA 02056
Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main St, North Andover MA 01845
John G. McCullough Free Library 2 Main St, North Bennington VT 05257
Haston Free Public Library 161 N Main St, North Brookfield MA 01535
Ames Free Library 53 Main St, North Easton MA 02356
Flint Memorial Library 147 Park St, North Reading MA 01864
Northborough Free Library 34 Main St, Northborough MA 01532
Dickinson Memorial Library 115 Main St, Northfield MA 01360
Oak Bluffs Public Library 56r School St, Oak Bluffs MA 02568
Fobes Memorial Library 4 Maple St # 9, Oakham MA 01068
Osterville Village Library 43 Wianno Avenue Osterville MA 02655-2028
Oxford Free Public Library 339 Main St, Oxford MA 01540
Richards Memorial Library 44 Richards Ave, Paxton MA 01612
Pelham Library 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham MA 01002
Pembroke Public Library 142 Center St, Pembroke MA 02359
Petersham Memorial Library 23 Common St, Petersham MA 01366
Berkshire Athenaeum 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield MA 01201
Princeton Public Library 2 Town Hall Dr. Princeton MA 01541
Reading Public Library 64 Middlesex Ave, Reading MA 01867
Revere Public Library 179 Beach St, Revere MA 02151
Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library 17 Constitution Way, Rochester MA 02770
Rockport Public Library 17 School St, Rockport MA 01966
Phinehas S. Newton Library 19 The Cmn, Royalston MA 01368
Rutland Free Public Library 280 Main St, Rutland MA 01543
Saugus Public Library 295 Central St, Saugus MA 01906
Sharon Public Library 11 N Main St, Sharon MA 02067
Bushnell-Sage Library 48 Main St, Sheffield MA 01257
Sherborn Library 3 Sanger St, Sherborn MA 01770
Hazen Memorial Library 3 Keady Way Shirley MA 01464-2629
Shrewsbury Public Library 609 Main St, Shrewsbury MA 01545
M.N. Spear Memorial Library 10 Cooleyville Rd, Shutesbury MA 01072
Somers Public Library 2 Vision Blvd. Somers CT 06071
Somerville Public Library 79 Highland Ave, Somerville MA 02143
South Hadley Public Library 2 Canal Street South Hadley MA 01075-2768
Southborough Library 25 Main St, Southborough MA 01772
Jacob Edwards Library 236 Main St, Southbridge MA 01550
Southwick Public Library 95 Feeding Hills Road Southwick MA 01077
Richard Sugden Library 8 Pleasant St, Spencer MA 01562
Conant Free Public Library 4 Meetinghouse Hill Rd, Sterling MA 01564
Stoneham Public Library 431 Main St, Stoneham MA 02180
Randall Library 19 Crescent St, Stow MA 01775
Joshua Hyde Public Library 306 Main St, Sturbridge MA 01566
Goodnow Library 21 Concord Rd. Sudbury MA 01776
Kent Memorial Library 50 N Main St, Suffield CT 06078
Sutton Free Public Library 4 Uxbridge Rd Sutton MA 01590
Swansea Public Library 69 Main St, Swansea MA 02777
Truro Public Library 7 Standish Way Truro MA 02666
Tyngsborough Public Library 25 Bryant Ln. Tyngsborough MA 01879
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library 345 Main St, Wakefield MA 01880
Wales Public Library 77 Main St, Wales MA 01081
Walpole Public Library 143 School St, Walpole MA 02081
Warwick Free Public Library 4 Hotel Rd, Warwick MA 01378
Watertown Free Public Library 123 Main St, Watertown MA 02472
Wayland Free Public Library 5 Concord Road Wayland MA 01778-1901
Chester C. Corbin Public Library 2699, 2 Lake St, Webster MA 01570
Wellesley Free Library 530 Washington St, Wellesley MA 02482
Beaman Memorial Library 8 Newton St, West Boylston MA 01583
Merriam Gilbert Public Library 3 W Main St, West Brookfield MA 01585
West Springfield Public Library 200 Park St, West Springfield MA 01089
Westborough Public Library 55 W Main St, Westborough MA 01581
J.V. Fletcher Library 50 Main St, Westford MA 01886
Westhampton Public Library 1 N Rd, Westhampton MA 01027
Forbush Memorial Library 118 Main St, Westminster MA 01473
Weston Public Library 87 School St, Weston MA 02493
S. White Dickinson Memorial Library 202 Chestnut Plain Rd, Whately MA 01093
Whitinsville Social Library 17 Church St, Whitinsville MA 01588
Wilbraham Public Library 25 Crane Park Dr. Wilbraham MA 01095
Wilmington Public Library 175 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington MA 01887
Beals Memorial Library 50 Pleasant St, Winchendon MA 01475
Woods Hole Public Library 581 Woods Hole Rd, Woods Hole MA 02543
Alden Library, Quinsigamond Community College 670 W Boylston St, Worcester MA 01606
Goddard Library , Clark University 950 Main St, Worcester MA 01610
Worcester Public Library 3 Salem St, Worcester MA 01608
Worcester State University 486 Chandler St, Worcester MA 01602

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

Acknowledgements

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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