Eclipse safety classes will be available at The Public Library’s branches. (Photo: Ashley Day)

Many brick-and-mortar chains remain sold out of safety glasses to use during the upcoming solar eclipse, but local stores and organizations are filling the need.

Each branch of The Public Library will have 100 pairs to give away Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Because there’s a limited supply, there will only be one pair available per person. A library card isn’t needed to get a pair.


NASA also has information about 2-D- and 3-D-printed projectors that can be used to view the eclipse. While library officials won’t be taking the lead on this option, patrons can use the facilities’ machines to make these projectors.

Downtown Chattanooga’s MoonPie General Store, 429 Broad St., had pairs for sale as of Monday afternoon.

About 200 pairs will be available at the Comcast Eclipse Experience, which will take place Aug. 21 in Coolidge Park from noon to 4 p.m. Area food trucks will be on-site.

On Monday, Outdoor Chattanooga gave away 1,000 pairs of safety glasses. They went in less than an hour, and the organization doesn’t have any more to provide.

As of Monday evening, glasses were available to order online, but experts have warned consumers to be careful about what kind they purchase because scammers are trying to pass off unsafe pairs as ones certified by the International Organization for Standardization.

Click here and here for more about those scams. Click here for safety tips and information from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on how to identify authentic merchandise.

As of Monday evening, Gunbarrel Road’s Lowe’s, Broad Street’s Elder’s Ace Hardware, Signal Mountain Road’s Walmart and Hixson’s Books-A-Million were sold out.

Updated @ 1:25 p.m. on 8/15/17 to remove a business that has since stopped selling the glasses.