Library Telescope

Early in 2017, the Leominster Public Library received a gift of a new 4.5Ē Orion Starblast reflecting telescope, courtesy of the Aldrich Astronomical Society.  The gift was made possible thanks to the generosity of Leominster Access Television and the Aldrich Astronomical Society's Adopt-a-Library Telescope program.

This gift allows the Library to loan the telescope to library patrons just as we would a book, DVD, or other item in our collection. The Aldrich Astronomical Society will help the Library maintain the instrument in good working order.

Guidelines for Borrowing the Telescope

  • Patron must be an adult (18 years or older) C/WMARS cardholder and show a valid driverís license or other government-issued I.D.

  • Patron must have a card in good standing - no lost or billed items or fines in excess of $10 - and must have had a library card for at least 6 months.

  • LOAN PERIOD: 1 Week (7 days) with no renewal. LATE FEES ARE $5.00 PER DAY or full replacement cost of the telescope if it in not returned within two weeks of the due date.

  • LIABILITY: Patron checking out the telescope accepts full responsibility for the telescope (and accessories) while it is checked out to them.

  • Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult while using the telescope.

  • The telescope is available on a first-come first-served basis and may not be reserved for specific dates or times.  To check availability, please call 978-534-7522 ext. 3, or stop by the Library's Information Desk.

Borrowers must complete and sign the Telescope Lending Agreement (see below) in order to borrow the telescope.


Telescope Lending Agreement



Telescope Use Survey Form



Telescope Packing & Transport How-to Guide



For a current star chart, showing what's visible in the sky, visit this link: nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/planner.cfm and click on 'Sky Maps'




The Leominster Public Library is grateful to Leominster Access Television for providing the funding for this telescope.


Aldrich Astronomical Society (AAS), founded in 1932, is one of the oldest astronomy clubs in New England. Through its Adopt-a-Library Telescope program, AAS has placed more than 80 telescopes in libraries throughout Massachusetts as of 2017. The programís goal is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people with the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

For more information about AAS, visit www.aldrich.club.

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