Borrow a telescope from your local library!
The goal of our telescope lending program is to foster scientific
literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people—who
have never looked through a telescope—with the chance to experience
the excitement that comes from discovery.
Any adult MCFL library card holder in good standing can check out the telescope for 3
weeks. One renewal for 3 more weeks is permitted,
providing nobody has a hold. Overdue fines are $.25 cents per day.
Holds can be placed in the Library Catalog or
over the phone by calling the branch. Right now we have
one telescope at each of the following branches: Seaside,
Marina, Carmel Valley, and King City. We also have
small telescopes in Big Sur and Castroville.
The telescope must be returned to the same
branch where it was picked up.
Please note: Transportation of the telescope must be in a vehicle
with the telescope in the passenger seat with the
seat belt fastened over the telescope. We are unable to accommodate
transportation of the telescope via Library delivery at this time.
Telescope Lending Agreement must be signed in
front of MCFL staff.
Patron must present a valid California
Driver’s License or government issued I.D. upon checkout.