The New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS), and particularly its Educational Outreach Committee, started placing telescopes and educational materials in selected libraries in New Hampshire beginning in December 2008.
The NHAS goal: To help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.
From a humble beginning of two scopes placed in 2008 followed by ten in 2009 and a further four in the first half of 2010, the program has grown to 160 + libraries.
Below is a link to the NHAS website regarding the Library Telescope Program:
This telescope is free to reserve by library cardholders and can be checked out for two (2) weeks. Holds can be placed by calling, through the catalog, or coming to the library.