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Marfa Public Library Telescope

Check out our new telescope!

Curious about astronomy and want to try out a telescope? Now you can check out a telescope from the library and take advantage of West Texas’s dark skies. The library telescope lending program uses the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope, which requires no assembly and is easy to use while still being robust. The telescope can be checked out for four days at no charge. Stephen Hummel, the Dark Skies Specialist from the McDonald Observatory, selected the telescope and donated his time to train the staff.


Funds for the new telescopes were made possible through a memorial fund in honor of Mike O’Conner, established by Liz Rogers in 2021. Rogers reflected, “Mike would be thrilled about Marfa Public Library getting telescopes! He was very knowledgeable about the constellations. And he always enjoyed living and working in this beautiful part of the world where he could see the stars.”

Looking to learn a crafty new skill?

Our Take and Make Kits are for you!

Want to get a library card?

Please bring the following items:

  • Photo ID

  • Proof of residency (any mail with your physical address)

  • Patrons under 16 must have a parent's signature to get a new card

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