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Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library and the assistance of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, the library has a telescope that you can take home!

You must be an adult Hopkinton resident with a library card in good standing to check out the telescope. It may be borrowed for 7 days, with no renewals and a $10/day overdue fine. Please read the full telescope policy before placing your reservation.

You may reserve our telescope online using the widget below! Select the day you would like to pick up the telescope (reservations may be made up to one month in advance) and make a reservation like you would for a destination pass. Please be aware you may not pick up or drop off the telescope on Sundays. You must pick up the telescope at the reference desk by appointment with a librarian, and you must return the telescope to a librarian at the Reference Desk at least thirty minutes before closing.

To watch a video tutorial on how to use and repack the telescope, visit our YouTube channel.

Questions? Please email or call 508-497-9777 and ask to be transferred to the Reference Desk.

When using the telescope, you should NEVER aim the telescope at the sun or use it to look at the sun, as immediate, permanent eye damage may result. Pointing the telescope at the sun may melt parts of the telescope. Children should never be allowed to use the telescope without adult supervision. The library will not be held liable for any injuries resulting from use of the telescope.