Don't let your solar glasses go to waste!

Eclipse glassesWe encourage you to hang onto your solar glasses because they can be used for looking at the Sun even when we don't have an eclipse. Some can even see Sunspots with the glasses.  And don't forget, we have another eclipse on April 8, 2024.   It seems far away, but time passes fast and ISO certified solar glasses do not expire!

However, if you plan to discard your solar glasses, don't throw them in the trash!  The St. Louis Eclipse Task Force is partnering Astronomers Without Borders and St. Louis area libraries, schools and businesses to collect new and gently used ISO certified solar glasses for use by other countries during upcoming eclipses.   The solar glasses will be held in a warehouse by Explore Scientific based in Springdale, Arkansas and sent by Astronomy Without Borders to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.  This is a great opportunity for our St. Louis area to help others enjoy the grand spectacle that we witnessed.

What are your requirements?

We are looking for ISO certified (ISO 12312-2) solar eclipse glasses that are gently used with no scratches or punctures.  

Where do I take my glasses?

We will start collecting glasses on September 1st (possibly sooner at some locations).   We have already recruited a number of collection centers and are recruiting more.  Check this webpage over the next few days to find a collection center near you.   


Do you want to become a collection center?  Click here to learn more.

State/County/Location Collection Hours
(Most locations will be closed on Labor Day)
Start date when collections
will be accepted
MISSOURI - Cole County
Missouri State Museum
Tour Desk, 1st floor of Capitol building
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site
101 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Rozier Gallery
100 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

(573) 526-5454
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Note:  Be advised: If visitors want to drop glasses off at the Missouri State Museum (located inside the Capitol) they will have to go through a security checkpoint
Effective 9/4
MISSOURI - Jefferson County  
City of Arnold
Recreation Center
1695 MO State Road
Arnold, MO 63010
(636) 282-6686
M-F 5:30am-9:00pm
Sat 7am-6pm
Sun 9am-6pm
De Soto Public Library
712 S. Main Street
De Soto, MO 63020
(636) 586-3858
Refer to website for hours.
Glasses can be placed in our "Media" drop box after hours.
Effective immediately
Festus Public Library
400 West Main Street
Festus, MO 63028
(636) 937-2017
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
Effective immediately
Jefferson College Library
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050
(636) 481-3166
See website Effective immediately
Jefferson County Library
All branches participating.
(636) 296-2204
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CLOSED Monday, September 4 for Labor Day Holiday.
Effective immediately
Leader Publications
503 N. Second St.
Festus, MO 63028
(636) 931-7560
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Effective immediately
MISSOURI - Saint Genevieve County
Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center
66 S. Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
(573) 883-7097
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Notes:  Please donate only gently used eclipse glasses with no scratches
Effective 9/6
MISSOURI - St. Charles County  
St. Charles City-County Library
All branches participating.
(636) 441-2300
See website Effective 9/1
MISSOURI - St. Louis County  
Challenger Learning Center - St. Louis
205 Brotherton Lane
Ferguson, MO 63135
(314) 521-6205
7:45AM-4:00PM, Monday-Friday, or bring them on the weekend when you come for a simulated space mission, scout workshop, or birthday party.

Notes:  Ask for a "Buy One, Get One Free" public space mission coupon when you drop off your glasses. Drop of 10 or more pairs of glasses and you can request a free public mission voucher.
Frisco Train Store
24 Front St.
Valley Park, MO 63088
(636) 529-1660
Tue-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday
James S. McDonnell Planetarium
Forest Park on Clayton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4400
See website Effective 9/1
Maplewood Public Library
7550 Lohmeyer Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
See website Effective immediately
St. Louis County Library
All branches participating
(314) 994-3300
See website Effective 9/1
University City Public Library
6701 Delmar Blvd
University City, MO 63130
(314) 727-3150
Monday- Friday 9am-9pm
Effective immediately
ILLINOIS - Madison County  
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
100 N. Main St., Suite 15
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Noon to 5pm
Note:  Located on the second story of the Bohm Building.  Enter through the "Bohm" entrance.  If no one is in the office, please leave the glasses outside the door.
Effective immediately
Glen Carbon Centennial Library
198 S. Main Street
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-1212
See website Effective immediately