Excited for the Solar Eclipse? Free Eclipse Glasses Available at the Library

By NYPL Staff
March 29, 2024
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Please note that NYPL no longer has solar eclipse glasses available. All branches have distributed their supplies.

On Monday, April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse will occur during which the moon will pass between the sun and the earth and block the sun's light for several minutes. While New York City is not in the path of totality, the five boroughs will experience a partial solar eclipse. Experts warn that it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized solar eclipse glasses.

New York City’s three public library systems will be distributing free solar eclipse glasses starting March 29. Glasses will be available while quantities last on a first-come, first-served basis at all New York Public Library (which includes the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island) and Queens Public Library locations. Brooklyn Public Library locations are also giving away glasses at select dates and times. A liability waiver must be signed before receiving your eclipse glasses. Patrons under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver on their behalf. Library locations throughout the five boroughs have also planned events leading up to the eclipse. You can browse NYPL's events calendar for eclipse-related programming.

The glasses giveaway is part of a partnership between the libraries and the National Esports Association (NEA). NEA launched a “Look Up!” public safety campaign to encourage New Yorkers to safely look up at the total solar eclipse. More information on the campaign is here

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