Museum Passes Can Now Be Reserved and Checked Out Online!


Starting Wednesday, June 12th, you can use our brand new online museum pass reservation system to put passes on hold, print passes from home, and view and cancel your reservations! Even though the way you check out passes has changed, it is still completely free of charge to you! In this blog post, we’re going to go over what new features are available with this reservation system, and how to use them.

How to Get Started

Click here to start exploring our new reservation system! Or if you’re already on our website:

1. Click Explore at the top of our Library’s Homepage.

2. Click Museum Passes in the drop down menu.

 

1. Placing holds on museum passes online:

You can now place holds on museum passes up to 90 days in advance! While placing reservations, you can view pass availability by specific museum by clicking , or exact date by clicking . Just click on the desired date and time. and enter your library card – you will be registered instantly! You can also still reserve passes by calling or visiting the Reference Desk.

This is the screen where you can choose passes by museum. Once you click one the museum name, you will be able to pick your desired date.

 

On this screen, you can choose a pass by date first. After you click the desired date, a list of passes available for that day will appear.

 

Once you have chosen the desired museum and date, you will be able to enter your library card on this screen. Then, click the Reserve Pass button to complete to complete your reservation.

 

2. Printing museum passes from home or at the library (for select museums):

For certain museums, you don’t even have to leave your house to reserve and check out passes! By using our reservation system, you can select and reserve the desired museum and date, and then print the passes right from home. That’s it! No pass return is necessary! (For all other passes, you will still need to pick up the physical copy at the Reference Desk at the Main Branch.)

This feature is available for the Garden State Discovery Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. If you forget, just look for this icon: 

 

3. Viewing and/or canceling your reservations online.

Say you’ve placed a reservation weeks or even months ago and are having difficulty remembering what day you’ve chosen. Or, say you need to cancel a reservation. With our new system, you can view and cancel upcoming reservations online. Simply click the button and enter your library card number. You can also call the Reference Desk to ask about or cancel your reservations.

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON CANCELLATIONS

 

4. Returning passes to the Media Drop at the Main Branch only on 485 DeMott Lane.

Rather than having to return the passes in person at the Reference Desk, you can now return them by using the Media Drop even when we’re closed! You can also return them to any library service desk at the Main Branch during normal hours. Passes can be picked up at 3pm the day before your reservation, and must be returned by 11am on the day following your reservation.

 

Important Pass Info

Pass Pickup and Return

Passes can be picked up at 3pm the day before your reservation, and must be returned by 11am on the day following your reservation. If your pass is a print out version, then there is no need to return it!

Cancellations and “No Shows”

If your reservation is canceled the day before or the day of the reserved date, it will be considered a “No Show.” If you do not pickup your pass on the scheduled date, you will also receive a “No Show.” Because demand for passes is high, two “No Shows” in a 60-day period may result in a two-month block on museum pass reservations.

Fines

If a pass is returned late, the fine is $25 a day. If a pass is lost, the replacement fee is $75.

 

If you have any questions about our new museum pass reservation system, please leave a comment below or call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111.

Thanks for reading!

-George, FTPL

 

 

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