Vintage stereoscope added to the Library of Things

July 26, 2022 in

Community members can visit the Grants Pass branch library to experience hands-on history

Community members can visit the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library to use a vintage Holmes-model stereoscope to view its accompanying collection of over 300 historical photos.

First invented in 1861, the stereoscope consists of two prismatic lenses and a stand to hold the image card, known as a “stereoview.” This stereoscope recreates natural 3D vision by presenting two photographs of the same object, taken from slightly different angles but focused on the same point. Each picture is focused by a separate lens, with a partition between the images ensuring each eye sees only the image meant for it, preventing distraction from the opposing image.

“I didn’t want it to be hidden away where no one would see it,” said donor Millie Roach. “I wanted it in a place where many will have the opportunity to share this piece of history.”

This reference item can be used only at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library. Visit the Information Desk for use.

The Library of Things gives patrons access to a variety of popular items without the burden of ownership — because libraries are no longer just for books, or even e-books. Examples of items available for check-out include PC laptops, STEM-themed toys, a sewing machine, musical instruments, recreational equipment, and more.

For more information about the Library of Things and other library services, visit, call 541-476-0571 or email