St. Louis County Library is expanding its popular Borrow a Telescope program. Twelve additional telescopes are being added to the collection to help reduce wait time. Every open branch will now offer the scopes for check out. Previously, only nine branches were participating in the program. In total, 26 telescopes will be available.
Since the program started in the fall of 2014, the telescopes have been checked out over 400 times. Currently, over 500 people are on the wait list for a telescope.
Any adult library cardholder can check out a telescope for seven days. Patrons can place a request for a telescope at the circulation desk or by calling 314-994-3300. The telescope comes with tools, instructions and hints on where to look for various constellations.