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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Solar Eclipse!

Library hours

On Monday, August 21, all Eugene Public Library locations will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. in honor of the first total solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

The Eugene area will experience 98%-99% of the total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse is expected to occur here between 10:15 and 10:21 a.m.


Eclipse glasses

Safe viewing of the eclipse requires special glasses. Glasses are available for purchase now at The Science Factory ($1.50 each), local stores, and online retailers. To ensure that you and yours are equipped, we recommend getting glasses early.

In addition, NASA has provided a supply of eclipse glasses to the Library, which will be offered free to the public starting Monday, August 14 at all locations: Downtown, Bethel, and Sheldon. The glasses will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; one pair for each individual present in person; while supplies last.


Learn about the eclipse

For adults, teens, and kids: 

The Downtown Eugene Public Library will host an illustrated talk about the total solar eclipse by University of Oregon physics professor Dr. Jim Brau on Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 at the Downtown Library. Admission is free.


For young children: 

The Downtown Eugene Public Library will host a session of stories and hands-on science activities about shadows, including the giant one that is the solar eclipse. Learn where shadows come from, experiment with light to discover how shadows work, and find out how the sun, moon, and earth line up to create an eclipse. Join in the fun on Monday, August 14, 4:00 at the Downtown Library. For preschool and kindergarten kids, with their grown-ups. Admission is free.


The Library also offers books and other resources for all ages to learn about the eclipse. Please visit or contact the Library for assistance, or visit these sites:

Map of Oregon’s Path of Totality (places where 100% eclipse can be seen)

NASA’s site for this eclipse

Oregon Quarterly article

Eugene Astronomical Society

Plus: check into this planetarium show at The Science Factory.


Watch the eclipse

There will be at least two local large-scale gatherings welcoming everyone, free of charge:


City of Eugene Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Skinner Butte

Monday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Skinner Butte, 248 Cheshire Ave.

City of Eugene Recreation offers a shuttle to the top of the butte and information about the eclipse. Eclipse glasses available for purchase.


Total Eclipse of the Sun Celebration at South Eugene High

Monday, August 21, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

South Eugene High School/YMCA field,  400 East 19th Ave.

Lane County Medical Society, Eugene Family YMCA, and Oregon Eye Consultants present “a morning of science and fun for all ages” including music and snacks. Eclipse glasses available free.


For more information, please contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

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