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62 Unbelievable Deals for Ocean State Libraries Cardholders

62 Unbelievable Deals for Ocean State Libraries Cardholders

The Ocean State Libraries system boasts over forty branches in every corner of the state… and those libraries do a lot more than just check out books! You can also get free museum passes, digital resources and more.

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Get Free Digital Access

You can get free streaming and downloadable access to countless movies, TV shows, eBooks, music and more. With your library card, you can enjoy all of this content from home.

eZone is Rhode Island’s version of the popular OverDrive content provider. It gives you access to a wide variety of audiobooks, eBooks, movies, and television. They have subsites dedicated to kids, teens, and film lovers.

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Freegal is available from some of the Ocean State Libraries. This service allows you to stream and download music for free!

Hoopla is a digital media service provider that can give you access to movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comic and TV shows on your devices at home! You just have to log in with your library card information. It is not clear if this is available from all Ocean State Library locations or just some branches, like East Smithfield.

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Get Free Learning Services

One of the best perks of your library card is access to askRI, the library system’s online reference resource center. AskRI is packed with free resources and help on a ton of topics! They include:

Creativebug has free craft video classes for library patrons. This is offered by several branches, including East Smithfield Public Library.

EBSCOHost is the largest online provider of research material including databases, e-books, and scientific journals. It contains a wealth of educational information.

World Book Online, which is the digital edition of one of the best-known encyclopedia sets!

Learning Express offers career help, guided GED courses, free SAT / ACT practice tests, and homework help! This is one of the coolest benefits from the Ocean State Libraries.

AtoZdatabases grants access to thousands of job listings, executive e-mail addresses, and health care professionals!

Mango offers guided lessons and tutoring to help you learn a new language.

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Auto Repair Reference Center can teach you how to repair your car!

Universal Class offers more than 500 online continuing education courses. Everything from computer software to babysitting 101 is covered!

Borrow Stuff (Like Telescopes, Fishing Polse and Cake Pans!)

Before we get into the museum passes (because that’s a long list), I wanted to highlight these cool features from other Ocean State Libraries!

Barrington Library offers a limited technology library where you can check out Roku devices, Binge Box movies, LCD projectors, video magnifiers and even Playaway Launchpad Tablets. They also have a helpful media conversion service and homebound delivery program.

Brownell Library has a Library of Things! You can check out an Orion telescope, T-Mobile WiFi hotspot, fishing poles, tackle boxes, tools, and even cake pans!

Clark Memorial Library offers a media conversion service, a Maker-Space with 3D printers and more and cake pans that you can check-out!

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Coventry Public Library offers fishing poles, cake pans, puppets and more!

Cranston Public Library offers a “Cool Tools” loan program, as well as 3D printing services!

Cumberland Public Library offers telescopes, Roku devices and more for checkout!

East Providence Public Library has a notary on staff! They also have hotspots and iPad minis that can be checked out! Isn’t it cool that you can actually check out stuff from the Ocean State Libraries?!

Exeter Library has cake pans, educational games and more that you can borrow. They’re also a Passport Acceptance Facility!

Libraries of Foster have Kindle eReaders that you can borrow!

Glocester Libraries have Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4Nook devices availalbe for loan.

Greenville Library has three telescopes available that you can borrow!

Island Free Library has games, puzzles, camcorders, projectors, digital cameras, CD players, tape recorders, projectors and more that you can borrow.

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library offers eReaders that can be borrowed for up to 21 days.

Lincoln Library offers Launchpads, Kindles, Mobile Internet Hotspots and more!

Louttit Library has two Kindle devices available for loan, and they expect to add notary services soon.

Middletown Public Library has a community garden, fishing pole lending program (limit 3 per card) and more!

Newport Public Library offers a Maker Lab, with laptops, computers, 3D printers, tabletop and board games, and so much more!

North Smithfield Library has a Create Space that features a VHS to DVD converter, heat press, ink jet printer, die cut machine, and so much more. There is also a 3D printing Pen, Rainbow Loom, Snap Circuits Electrics Kit and Bit Coding Robot for kids!

Pawtucket Public Library has a Mobile hotspot lending program.

Portsmouth Free Public Library has a notary on staff. They also have fishing poles and telescopes for check out. They even have a MakerSpace with a 3D printer you ca use!

Providence Community Library offers internet hotspots, audio kit equipment, and loaded kindles for loan. They also have a notary on site!

Providence Public Library has a Maker Space for youth ages 13+ who would like to learn how to code, sew, design, use 3D printers and other tools.

Rogers Free Library has a device lending program that includes Dell Chromebooks, digital microscopes, vlogging kits, augmented reality globes, iPads, Zenpads and more.

Warwick Library has 3D Printers and even a Virtual Reality system!

West Warwick Library has a free notary on staff! You need to call to schedule an appointment, and bring valid ID.

Woonsocket Harris Library has the Studio Rhode Creation Lab, which includes video editing, green screen, coding, anime art, and 3D printer tools. They also have three notaries on staff that can process five items per person per day.

Free and Discounted Museum Passes

Each individual library branch has unique services. Many of them offer free museum passes and more! It appears that any Ocean State Libraries cardholder can check out ANY pass from ANY library in the system!

There are slight variations on details between branches. It could be that there are different discounts by branch, or it could be that some library systems have not updated their websites recently. We have included all relevant data for you in this list, and encourage you to contact your library directly for more information.

Free Museum Passes

Audubon Society of Rhode Island (Bristol, RI)

Up to six people can enjoy FREE admission to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island Education Center with this pass. This pass can be found at most Ocean State Libraries, including:

  • Barrington Public Library
  • Brownell Library (limit of 2 adults and 2 children)
  • Coventry Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Glocester Libraries
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • Woonsocket Library

Blackstone River Cruises (Pawtucket, RI)

According to the OSLRI website, passes for Blackstone River Cruises are available at the Woonsocket Harris Library. The Cruises are only available on Sundays, and provide free admission for 2 adults and 2 children.

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford, MA)

You can get free admission for four people to Buttonwood Park Zoo, with this library pass from Tiverton Library!

Capron Park Zoo (Attleboro, MA)

With the library pass, two adults and four children can enjoy free admission to Capron Park Zoo! This pass is available at Rogers Free Library.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (Mystic, CT)

You can get free admission for up to five people with a museum pass from Ashaway Free Library!

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT)

The Florence Griswold Museum is known as the home of American Impressionism. With a library pass, you can visit for free with up to two adults and two children under age 12! This pass is available from the North Kingstown Free Library and the Westerly Library.

Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA)

Up to two people can receive free admission to the Harvard Art Museums with a pass from Barrington Library.

Herreshoff Marine Museum (Bristol, RI)

Two adults and all of their children can receive free admission to the Herreshoff Marine Museum with a pass from Barrington Public Library.

Historic New England (Various)

You can get free admission to various Historic New England locations! The offer is limited to two adults and their children. You can get this discount at:

  • Coventry Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library

International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI)

Two adults can get free admission to the International Tennis Hall of Fame with this museum pass. It is available from:

  • Coventry Library
  • Newport Library

Linden Place (Bristol, RI)

You can get one free admission with the library pass from Rogers Free Library.

Rhode Island Historical Society (Various)

The Ocean State Libraries system offers museum passes to several Rhode Island Historical Society properties. The library passes include free admission to The John Brown House Museum (includes gift shop discount), the Museum of Work & Culture (includes gift shop discount), Concert Under the Elms and RIHS Research Library.

You can get the library pass from these museums:

  • Barrington Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • West Warwick Library
  • Woonsocket Library

Museum of Natural History & Planetarium (Providence, RI)

You can get free admission for up to two adults and four children with the library pass from Rogers Free Library!

Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI)

You can get free admission to the Newport Art Museum for up to two adults and two children! This discount pass is available from:

  • Barrington Public Library
  • Brownell Library
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library

Norman Bird Sanctuary (Middletown, RI)

The Norman Bird Sanctuary offers free admission for up to six people through the Ocean State Libraries museum pass program. This was listed by the:

  • Barrington Public Library
  • East Providence Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Rogers Free Library

RISD Museum of Art (Providence, RI)

The Ocean State Libraries offer a free museum pass for two adults to the Museum of Art. All children are free at this museum. Some libraries state that the pass includes 10% off museum programs and the gift shop.

  • Barrington Public Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Coventry Library
  • Cranston Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (tear-away pass valid for one use)
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Greenville Public Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • West Warwick Library

Rough Point Museum (Newport, RI)

According to the Ocean State Libraries network, there are passes for Rough Point Museum. The passes offer free admission for 2 adults and 2 children, and can be picked up at:

  • Middletown
  • Portsmouth
  • Newport Libraries

Slater Mill Historic Site (Pawtucket, RI)

Up to two adults and two children can visit this historic site free with their library pass. This pass is available from:

  • Coventry Library
  • Pawtucket Public Library
  • Rogers Free Library

Smith’s Castle (North Kingstown, RI)

Two adults and three children can get free admission on a regular scheduled tour (May- October) with this library pass. You can get one at the North Kingstown Library.

South County Museum (Narragansett, RI)

Several Ocean State Libraries have a discount pass to South County Museum, but many lack additional details. The George Hail Library states that the pass provides free admission for up to four people.

  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Pontiac Free Library
  • Rogers Free Library

Discounted Museum Passes

Audrain Auto Museum (Newport, RI)

The pass offers one free admission to the Auto Museum, but not during special events. It is available from the Newport Library.

Battleship Cove Maritime Museum (Fall River, MA)

This museum is listed on the Cumberland Library museum passes list, but there is no information about the specific terms of the discount.

Biomes Marine Biology Center (North Kingston, RI)

Many branches of the Ocean State Libraries claim to offer discounts to Biomes Marine Biology Center, but usually there are no additional details.

  • Glocester Libraries

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum (Bristol, RI)

The Library Pass provides a discount for up to six people. With the discounts, adults will pay $7 for admission and youth ages 6-17 will pay $2 for admission. This is only valid for the gardens and grounds, not the mansion, and cannot be used on Family Fun Fridays or other special dates.

This pass is available at most Ocean State Libraries, including:

  • Barrington Library
  • Brownell Library (claims admission is $3 for adults and free for children)
  • Coventry Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (must be checked out and borrowed for 3 days)
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library

Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA)

The Boston Children’s Museum offers a Library Pass that grants 50% off admission for up to four people on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Remember, all children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times!

This pass is available at:

  • Barrington Library
  • Coventry Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • Greenville Public Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Warwick Library

Boston Museum of Fine Art (Boston, MA)

With the library discount, two adults can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for just $10 each.

This is available at many Ocean State Libraries, including:

  • Barrington Library
  • Coventry Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (tear-away pass valid for one year)
  • Greenville Public Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • West Warwick Library

Boston Museum of Science (Boston, MA)

With the library pass, up to four people can enjoy admission for just $10 per person. This only includes the Exhibit Hall and does not include any theater, planetarium or laser show upgrades.

This is available at:

  • Barrington Library
  • Coventry Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Warwick Library
  • West Warwick Library

Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River (Fall River, MA)

The Tiverton Public museum has daily passes for the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River. This pass can provide half-price admission for up to four people.

Coggeshall Farm Museum (Bristol, RI)

Up to four people can enjoy 50% discounts on admission to Coggeshall Farm Museum with this Library Pass. This pass is available at Barrington Library and Rogers Free Library.

EcoTarium (Worcester, MA)

This museum is listed in several Ocean State Libraries’ lists of museums, but there are no details about the discounted library pass that they offer.

  • Cumberland Library
  • Greenvile Library

Fall River Historical Society (Fall River, MA)

This museum is on the list of discounts available for Portsmouth Free Public Library, but no additional details are offered.

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum (Saunderstown, RI)

You can get $2 off regular admission for up to two adults and two children with this library pass!

  • Coventry Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (Boston, MA)

This Library Pass offers admission for just $5 for up to two people. Please contact the Library or the Institute for additional details. This pass is available at just one of the Ocean State Libraries: the Barrington Library.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)

Library cardholders must claim a printed, dated pass from their participating library. The pass will have a promo code that can be used to purchase discounted tickets. The code will allow up to four people to purchase admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for just $5 each. Children under the age of 18 are always free!

This pass is available from:

  • Barrington Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Rogers Free Library

Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Mashuntucket, CT)

Ocean State Libraries have a library pass for this museum. Up to four people (limit 2 adults) can get admission for half-price with this pass.

  • Coventry Library
  • Greenville Public Library

Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT)

Ocean State Libraries in Rhode Island have discounts for the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration! With this discount, up to four people can visit the Mystic Aquarium for $5 less than the regular admission prices!

This museum pass is available at:

  • Ashaway Free Library
  • Barrington Library ($4 discount)
  • Brownell Library
  • Clark Memorial Library
  • Coventry Library ($4 discount)
  • Cranston Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (must be checked out and borrowed for 3 days)
  • Exeter Library
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Glocester Libraries
  • Greenville Public Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • North Providence Union Free Public Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Pawtucket Public Library
  • Pontiac Free Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • West Warwick Library
  • Woonsocket Library
  • Westerly Library

Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT)

Up to two adults and three children can purchase admission to Mystic Seaport for half-price with a library pass. This pass is available at:

  • Barrington Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Providence Public Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • West Warwick Library
  • Westerly Library

New Bedford Whaling Museum (Bedford, MA)

With the library pass, you can visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum for half-price. This discounted is limited to four people.

  • Barrington Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Newport Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library

New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)

Up to four people can visit the News England Aquarium in Boston for half-price with this museum pass! It is available from:

  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • Middletown Public Library

Newport History Tours (Newport, RI)

According to the OSLRI intranet, passes for Newport history tours are available from the Newport Library. The pass offers one free walking tour for one person on weekdays, or a half-priced walking tour for one person on the weekends.

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)

Up to four people can get half-price daytime admission to Old Sturbridge Village with this library pass. it is available from:

  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library

Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawtucket, RI)

With this library pass, you can get six general admission tickets for $27. This deal is available from:

  • Coventry Library
  • Cranston Library
  • Greenville Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Newport Library

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA)

This pass offers a reduced rate for up to six people. The discounted rates are $16 per adult and $10 per child. Pick up the discount at Coventry Library!

Providence Children’s Museum (Providence, RI)

Up to four people can visit Providence Children’s Museum at half-price with the library pass. This discount is available at most Ocean State Libraries, including:

  • Barrington Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Coventry Library
  • Cranston Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (tear-away pass valid for one day)
  • George Hail Free Library
  • Greenville Library
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Newport Library
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • North Providence Union Free Public Library
  • North Providence Union Free Public Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • West Warwick Library
  • Woonsocket Library

Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI)

Most Ocean State Libraries offer a discounted museum pass to Roger Williams Park Zoo. You can get up to $3 off per person, for up to four people. However, this deal is not valid in January or February.

This museum pass is available at:

  • Ashaway Free Library
  • Barrington Library
  • Bristol Library
  • Brownell Library
  • Clark Memorial Library
  • Coventry Library
  • Cranston Public Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • East Greenwich Free Library (must be checkced out and borrowed for 3 days)
  • East Providence Library
  • Exeter Public Library
  • Glocester Libraries
  • Greenville Library
  • Harmony LIbrary
  • Jamestown Philomenian Library
  • Jesse Smith Library
  • Lincoln Library
  • Little Compton Library
  • Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
  • Middletown Library
  • Narragansett Library
  • North Kingstown Library
  • North Providence Union Free Public Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library
  • Rochambeau Library
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Peace Dale Library
  • Kingston Library
  • R B Hale Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • Westerly Library
  • Woonsocket Harris Library
  • Middletown Public Library
  • Tiverton Library
  • Warwick Library
  • West Warwick Library
  • Woonsocket Library
  • Westerly Library

Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA)

Several Ocean State Libraries state that their library pass can grant discounted admission for up to six people to Salem Witch Museum but most lack details. The George Hail Museum claims their pass offers reduced admission rates of $9 for adults and $6.75 for children.

  • Coventry Library
  • Cumberland Library
  • George Hail Museum
  • North Kingstown Free Library
  • Woonsocket Harris

Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium (Newport, RI)

With this library pass, your entire party can get $2 off admission! This pass is available from:

  • Brownell Library
  • Newport Library

Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, RI)

With this library pass, you can get a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) admission deal. The Tomaquag Indigenous Museum welcomes library pass holders on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 2pm only.

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA)

An Ocean State Libraries pass to this museum will provide a 50% discount on tickets for up to two adults and two children.

  • Cumberland Library
  • North Smithfield Public Library

WWII Foundation Global Education Center (South Kingstown, RI)

With the library pass, admission is $5 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. WWII veterans are always free as well. This discount is available at only one of the Ocean State Libraries: the Barrington Library.

Zoo New England (Boston, MA)

According to the OSLRI checkout service, Coventry Library has a museum pass that provides reduced admission for up to six guests to Zoo New England! Zoo New England operates both Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in stoneham, Massachusetts. The reduced admission rate is $9 per adult or $6 per child.

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