Your Library Card = Free Museum Passes & More!

(Last Updated On: August 13, 2018)

Have you been to your local library lately? If you don’t have a library card, then you could be missing out on some major perks! You could enjoy FREE museum admission, FREE subscription services, FREE movie streaming and so much more with your library card.

That’s right! I said library card.

If you still think your local public library is just aisles of books, a few computers and the occasional story time for kids, then keep reading! Although Reuters found that two-thirds of Americans never go to the library, libraries across the US are finally adapting to attract new visitors.

We’ve been researching hidden benefits all over the US, so we’ve found some absolutely incredible things. In order to see what we’ve found in your area, select your state from the alphabetized state list below!

Free streaming services and other media let you access free movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks from home.

You could get access to streaming services like Hoopla and Audible.com through your local library. You could get free access to movies, TV shows, audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and so much more. Many of these services offer convenient apps that can be used on your smartphone. You won’t have to visit your local branch to view this material. You’ll be able to access it anywhere that you can connect to the Internet!

A Library of Things can let you borrow items for free so you don’t have to buy them!

love Library of Things. Not every library system offers this, but many do. The Library of Things allows you to borrow items and equipment directly from your local branch. We’ve found systems that let you check out sewing machines, drum sets, guitars, GoPro cameras, cake pans, telescopes, exercise equipment, cameras and more. Some even let you check out WiFi hotspots so you can get free Internet in your home!

Free Makerspaces provide cheap opportunities for creativity and invention!

If you’re a creator (or an aspiring creator) of any kind, then you need to know about Makerspaces! Epic Makerspaces are being added to various library systems across the US. These elite, state-of-the-art innovation centers feature high-tech equipment specifically for public use. Several branches offer 3D printers, milling machines, soldering stations, recording studios, green-screen video studios, video editors and even printing presses!

These spaces usually offer classes to help you learn how to use the equipment. In most cases, access to the Makerspace is free. However, there may be a small cost for whatever materials you use.

Free online courses, classes, and software let improve your life at your own pace.

Want to learn another language, improve your job skills, prepare for certification exams or just learn something new? It can be challenging to find time to dig into these subjects. That’s why it’s so beneficial that so many libraries are now offering free digital access to abundant learning software. These programs are easy to use at home and may be accessible through your local library system.

While researching these articles, I’ve found that most libraries offer access to learning software like Mango Languages, Lynda.com, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Universal Class, Learning Express and more. These services can help you master those skills and improve your life at your own pace. And with your library card, it may all be free!

Free museum passes provide endless adventures for low cost!

Many libraries offer free museum passes to local zoos, aquariums, children’s museums, art museums and more! These cultural partnership initiatives are especially beneficial to low income families. While most libraries have at least a few passes, some places offer a lot of them. In California and Michigan, library cardholders can access hundreds of free venues!

Museum passes can usually be reserved online but have to be picked up from your local library. Some of them are just paper certificates that can be thrown away after they’re used and others have to be returned to the branch. For more information on what your library offers, choose your state from the list below!

library card free museum pass

Fortunately for you, we’re super-sleuths when it comes to secret benefits. There’s nothing we love more than freebies!

In fact, we only started this series when I discovered some crazy benefits at my local Washington library systems. I’ve lived here my entire life and I had no idea I could save money on trips to the Seattle Aquarium or MoPOP or our local children’s museum. As soon as I found out about these programs, I wanted to share them with you and help you discover the hidden library perks in your local community!

What can your library card do?

Select your state from the list below! We have alphabetized the list in order to make it easier to use.

If your local library isn’t listed, let us know and we’ll add it to our research list! It can take a while for our researchers to catch up with the list (there’s a lot of libraries in the US!) but we’ll do our best to get that information to you as quickly as we can. This series is written entirely by request, so help us out and leave a comment with what library you’d like us to add next! Be sure to tell us what specific library system to research.

Here’s what we’ve found so far:

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Washington

Washington DC

Wisconsin



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