Borrow a Telescope

Borrowers must be at least 18 years old with a CW MARS library card in good standing.

We are pleased to offer our patrons the opportunity to borrow an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astro Reflector Telescope, modified for durability, and equipped with a 7-21mm zoom eyepiece.

The telescope is packaged in a plastic storage bin, with two travel pillows, several accessories, and safety and instructional materials, including a user guide, The Total Skywatcher's Manual, an Audobon Constellation Guide, and a monthly star chart.

The telescope may be borrowed for 1 week and cannot be renewed. It must be picked up and returned to the Jones Library Reference Desk during the library's open hours.

Telescope Lending Program

To request the telescope, call our Reference Desk at 413-259-3096 or follow the link below:


IMPORTANT: Patrons borrowing the telescope must sign a Borrower's Agreement accepting responsibility for damage to or loss of the telescope while it is checked out to them, and agreeing that children under age 18 must be supervised by an adult while using the telescope.

This program is possible thanks to the generosity of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc.

Updated April 14, 2023