Home‎ > ‎

Library Telescopes

ASEM Library Telescopes

Go CHECK OUT a telescope from your local St Charles County Library today!

Useful Documents:

Download the most recent guides to get the most out of your ASEM Library Telescope Program:

How to use your library telescope:

Quick Start Guide: Download

Observing Guide: Skymaps.com

How to plan star parties for your library:

Contact / Email us at LIBRARYSCOPES

About The Program

Photo of SLAS Library TelescopeThe Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri ("ASEM") Library Telescope Program has partnered with the St Charles City - County Library District to provide functional, easy-to-use telescopes for the general public to borrow.  We hope that people who have never looked through a telescope now have the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery. The program takes advantage of the public library system infrastructure to place telescopes in local public libraries for circulation just like a book. Library patrons age eighteen-years or older with a valid Library card are able to check out a telescope for seven days. 

ASEM uses the Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope for its program.  Each telescope is modified by ASEM to be more durable and patron friendly and is equipped with accessories to help library patrons explore the night sky, including a user’s manual, constellation guide, Moon map, and night light.

ASEM also provides the libraries with ongoing educational support and telescope maintenance.  Throughout the year, libraries host star parties – telescope viewing sessions where the public can gather to view the night skies through a number of telescopes operated by ASEM members.

 ASEM modeled it's program based on a design by Marc Stowbridge and the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.  The New Hampshire program was launched in 2008 and has proven highly successful with over 100 participating libraries and waiting lists for patrons to “checkout” the telescope.  We (ASEM) collaborate with the St Louis Astronomical Society ("SLAS") to market and care for the program in the exact same fashion in the metropolitan St Louis area.

The following St Charles Libraries have Telescopes to borrow:
       (Total :  9 telescopes)
  • Administration (2 telescopes reserved for programming)
  • Corporate Parkway Branch (1 telescope)
  • Deer Run Branch (1 telescope)
  • Kathryn Linnenmann Branch (1 telescope)
  • Kisker Road Branch (1 telescope)
  • McClay Road Branch (1 telescope)
  • Middendorf-Kredell Branch (1 telescope)
  • Spencer Road Branch (1 telescope)
We understand that there are likely to be waiting lists at the libraries.  We hope to expand this program in the future to include more telescopes and more libraries.

How to care for your scope: 
  • Treat it like your child -
    • Buckle up in your car when transporting
    • Never grab by the throat (eyepiece or focuser), always pick up and carry from the bottom.
    • Don't poke your fingers in the "eyes" (Optics - eyepiece or anything 'glass'). Don't even clean the 'eyes'.
    • Don't be a doctor, if something is not right, take it back to the Library or contact us at LIBRARYSCOPESWe are glad to fix it!
  • Please make sure to turn OFF the Finder Scope to save the battery when you are finished.