The Library Telescope

The Library Telescope

The Library Telescope is made possible by the Horkheimer Charitable Fund, the
Astronomical League, and the Northern Cross Science Foundation. The goal of the Library Telescope Program is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

Borrowing the Telescope


The Library Telescope is available to anyone who has a valid library card from the Monarch Library System. Patrons must present their library card at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Grafton Public Library to check out the Telescope. The Library Telescope is available to library patrons ages 10 and up. Patrons 10-17 must have a parent or legal guardian sign an agreement form to check out the Library Telescope. The Telescope must be returned to the Grafton Public Library during the Library’s operating hours.

The Telescope can be checked out for a period of two weeks. There are no renewals. The overdue fee is $0.50 per day for each day overdue.

Guides for using the Telescope

Click on the following links for more instructions on how to use the Telescope. These instructions are included when you check out the telescope.

Learn more about Astronomy and Telescopes!


  • Beyond the solar system: exploring galaxies, black holes, alien planets, and more: a history with 21 activities by Mary Kay Carson [Call number: J 520.9 C23b]
  • The incredible story of telescopes by Greg Roza [Call Number: J 681.4123 R817i]
  • Stars and planets: the most complete guide to the stars, planets, galaxies, and the solar system by Ian Ridpath [Call Number: 520 R439s]
  • Space Atlas: mapping the universe and beyond by James Trefil [Call Number: 520.22 T716]


  • Cosmos: a spacetime odyssey [DVD 520 C82s]
  • Stephen Hawking’s universe [DVD 523.1 St43]
  • Through the wormhole [DVD 523.1 T416]

Other Kits:

Discovery packs of learning intermediate astronomy—Ask at the Children’s
Circulation Desk