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JMS Library's
Circulating Passes

Visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo
RWPZ

Visit the Providence Children's Museum
PCM

Visit the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration
MAIE

Visit Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea
MYSTIC

Visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center web site.
BMBC

Visit the Blithewold web site.
BLITHEWOLD

Visit the Old Sturbridge Village web site.
OSV

Visit the Historic New England web site.
HNE


 Circulating Passes

In an effort to help make family and educational attractions more accessible and affordable, the library has established a collection of circulating passes to various museums and regional attractions.

These passes may be used by our patrons to obtain free or reduced admission rates.

Presently the JMS Library offers passes to:

— Providence Children's Museum

— Roger Williams Park Zoo

— Mystic Aquarium

— Mystic Seaport

— Biomes Marine Biology Center

— Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, & Arborateum

— Old Sturbridge Village

NEW Historic New England

The passes are available to all OSL library card holders over the age of 18, who have no overdue materials or other "blocks" on their cards.

Most of the passes may be reserved by patrons who are Burrillville residents.

Non-Burrillville-resident patrons may borrow the passes on an "as available" basis for same or next day use.

Please read the General Regulations at the right for more detailed information about the library's borrowing policy.


Passes from other RI Libraries

If you've already borrowed the JMS passes and are looking for more and different places to visit, you should know that other OSL libraries also have passes, and some of them make their passes available to residents of other towns.

To find out what other passes are available, go to the OSL Catalog and select "General Keyword” then type in "museum pass” (without the quotes— and be sure that "pass" is singular!) for the search term. You will get a list of all the different passes in the library system.

When you’ve found a pass you’re interested in, be sure to call the owning library and ask whether you’re eligible to borrow the pass. Even though the pass is "available," the owning library may have restrictions on who can borrow it and when.


Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-785-3510

Roger Williams Park Zoo has been named one of America's top ten zoos, and it is home to hundreds of rare and fascinating animals from around the world including polar bears, snow leopards, moon bears, giraffes and elephants all in naturalistic settings. The Zoo's population numbers over 957 animals, with some 130 different species on display at any given time.

The zoo is conveniently located in Providence, RI, exit 16 off interstate I-95N and exit 17 from the South.

Admission with the Library's Pass

Please Note:
During the months of January and February, RWPZ offers a 50% discount on ALL admission prices. If you are planning a visit, be sure to take advantage of their Winter Wonder Days discount.

The Library's pass entitles the bearer to a $3.00 discount off admission for up to four (4) people in any combination of adults and children on the day of the week indicated on the pass.

The pass is valid only during regular zoo hours, and is not valid for fundraising exhibits or special events.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last admission at 3:30 p.m.

Please be sure to call to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to the maximum fine equal to the full value of the pass.

Loss of the Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass, $100.00, that is, one hundred dollars.


Visit the Providence Children's Museum

Providence Children's Museum

100 South Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 273-KIDS
FAX (401) 273-1004
provcm@childrenmuseum.org

Rhode Island's only museum especially for children and their families. Providence Children's Museum is a hands-on place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together. Come and explore the swirling, whirling ways of water, discover the secret world beneath the city streets and learn how much fun learning can be!

The mission of Providence Children's Museum is to inspire learning through active play and exploration. Providence Children's Museum serves the children of southern New England and the adults who care for them by:

  • Presenting hands-on exhibit and programs that explore the arts, culture, history and science.
  • Creating exhibits and programs based on the developmental needs of children ages 1 to 11.
  • Learning from our visitors as they learn from us.
  • Creating environments in which people share with one another.
  • Embracing a wide range of abilities, learning styles, and forms of creative expression.
  • Being accessible and responsive to all families - culturally, physically and economically.
  • Working in partnership with schools and other organizations to meet the needs of children and families.
  • Increasing awareness and knowledge of the ways in which children and families learn.

Admission with the Library's Pass

The Library's pass provides half-price admission for up to (4) people. The pass is valid only for the date indicated on the pass.

Museum hours—

  • September through March
    Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Open during school vacations, Monday holidays and selected Friday evenings until 8:00 PM.
     
  • April through Labor Day
    The Museum is open seven days, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and selected Friday evenings until 8:00 PM.

Please be sure to call to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to the maximum fine equal to the full value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass, $75.00, that is, seventy-five dollars.



Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea

75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355-0990
Phone: 888-9SEAPORT (888-973-2767)

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the JMS Library, this pass is available again!

Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the largest and most comprehensive maritime museum in North America. Here you can sail or row exact replicas of traditional wooden boats, cruise in an antique steamboat, participate in formal classes, ride a horse-drawn carriage, star gaze in the planetarium, or spend the day climbing aboard ships or just meandering along beautiful riverfront gardens.

Many activities takes place within the 40-acre property that houses the Collections Research Center, graduate and undergraduate campuses and more than one million artifacts, many of them the only surviving examples of their kind. A trained staff is stationed throughout the magnificent 17-acre historic waterfront— including the berthed ships, the exhibits of art and artifacts and the nearly 40 historic buildings— to answer questions, demonstrate traditional skills and share stories of people who are long gone but can still tell us something new.

Admission with the Library's Pass

The Library's pass entitles up to two (2) adults and two (3) children (ages 6 through 17) to 50% off regular admission price. In addition, children under the age of 5 are admitted free.

The pass is NOT valid for admission to the Mystic Aquarium.

Hours—

Hours vary during the seasons. Please visit the web site or call the Museum (888-973-2767) to verify hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to the maximum fine equal to the value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass, $70.00, that is, seventy dollars.



Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration

55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355-1997
email info@mysticaquarium.org
Phone: 860.572.5955

At Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Whether you're touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the deep sea with the world’s only exhibits on Dr. Robert Ballard’s fascinating expeditions, you'll be closer to ocean life than you ever thought possible!

Additionally, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration offers fun and educational programs for children and families. Education programs aim at building a connection with the natural world and fostering understanding of how organisms, habitats, and ecosystems work. Through inquiry-based teaching and hands-on activities, education programs encourage people to use and develop skills such as observing, hypothesizing, experimenting, and drawing conclusions.

Admission with the Library's Pass

The Library's pass provides a discount of $5.00 per person for up to four (4) people.

The pass is NOT valid for admission to Mystic Seaport.

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Be sure to call around holidays for special closings.

December through February 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
April though October 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to a maximum file equal to the full value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass, $75.00, that is, Seventy-five dollars.



Biomes Marine Biology Center

6640 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852 USA
Phone: 401-885-4690

The Biomes Center is New England's only private marine education facility, and the largest aquarium in Rhode Island. It has been providing hands-on marine biology programs for schools and families since 1989.

The Center specializes in teaching children and adults about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Reserving the Library's Pass

Burrillville residents may reserve the pass in advance.

Admission with the Library's Pass

Using the Library's pass gives visitors $2.00 off regular admission price per person. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free.

Hours—
Sunday, 10AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday, NOON - 5PM

Please call for specific holiday closings
and check the museum's web site for more information.

Please be sure to call to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to a maximum fine equal to the full replacement value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay $10.00, the full replacement value of the pass.



Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, & Arborateum

101 Ferry Road (Route 114)
Bristol, RI 02809 USA
Phone: 401-253-2707
E-Mail: info@blithewold.org

Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold, formerly home to the Van Wickle family, is a 45-room English-style manor mansion filled with family heirlooms, framed by a 33 acres of lovely gardens and arboretum on Narragansett Bay.

Blithwold's Mission: To preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.

Admission with the Library's Pass

The Library's pass provides $7.00 per person admission for adults, and $2.00 per person admission for children ages 6 to 17 years.

Hours—
The Mansion is open the first week of April through mid-October.
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm
most Monday holidays (closed on July 4th)
The mansion occasionally closes at 3pm for Special Events>

Please be sure to call to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to a maximum fine equal to the the full value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass $35.00, that is, thirty-five dollars.



Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone: 800-733-1830

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. You are invited into more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff. Our Mission

Old Sturbridge Village, a museum and learning resource of New England life, invites each visitor to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration through the exploration of history.

Admission with the Library's Pass

50% off admission prices with the Library's pass.

Hours—

Old Sturbridge Village is open year round, but hours vary by season, so please check the web site for current open hours: Sturbridge Hours

Please be sure to call to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to a maximum fine equal to the full value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass $75.00, that is, seventy-five dollars.



Historic New England

Historic New England administrative offices
Otis House
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, Mass. 02114-2702
Phone: 617-227-3956

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It was founded in 1910 to preserve and present the cultural and architectural heritage of New England, from historic properties to humble necessities, from art and artifacts to gardens and furniture.

Their Mission is to serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage, sharing the region’s history through vast collections, publications, exhibitions, museum properties, and archives that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

Through programs and events held at their thirty-six historic properties, Historic New England helps to promote and celebrate understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of New England.

Admission with the Library's Pass

The pass admits two adults and children of that household under the age of 18 to any of their thirty-six Historic New England properties.

Please visit the web site to find out about individual properties, special programs and events.

Please be sure to call the individual locations to verify open hours before you visit.

Overdue Fines and Fees for this Pass—

Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to a maximum fine equal to the full value of the pass.

Loss of this Pass—

If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass $100.00, that is, one hundred dollars.

 


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Jesse Smith Library
Circulating Passes Policy

 
General Regulations
 
General regulations for use of the circulating passes at Jesse Smith Library are as follows:
 
Pass Limitations—
 
Each pass or set of passes is different. Some offer free admission, some offer discounted admission. Number of persons covered by the passes varies. Please remember that the each institution sets its own limits on what the pass covers. Please call the institution involved if you have any question about admission fees, or whether the pass will allow you free access to special programs or exhibits.
 
Borrowing the Passes—
 
Each pass is available to all OSL library card holders over the age of 18, who have no overdue materials or other "blocks" on their cards. Patrons who are Burrillville residents may reserve the pass in advance. Non-Burrillville-resident patrons may borrow the pass on an "as available" basis for same or next day use.
 
Return of the Passes—
 
All passes must be returned directly to the Jesse Smith Library. No "universal return" via other OSL libraries is allowed. Overdue fees will accrue until such time as the pass is received into the hands of a staff member of the Jesse Smith Library. (See note below about returning via bookdrop.) Passes MUST be returned no later than the time indicated on the date due slip.
 
Returning the pass via the bookdrop— DO NOT use the bookdrop for return unless the library is closed at the time of return. The bookdrop is opened only once a day when the library is opened. If the pass is returned in the bookdrop, the pass will not be found until the next library opening and overdue fines will continue to accrue until the bookdrop is opened.
 
Overdue Fines and Fees—
 
Overdue fee is $5.00 PER DAY for each day past due, up to the maximum fine equal to the value of the pass.
 
Loss of the Passes—
 
If the pass is lost, the borrower will be required to pay the full value of the pass plus any replacement fees.
 
Renewal of Passes—
 
Passes are NOT renewable.

 

 
Print a copy of the Circulating Passes Policy.