Museum Passes Loan Program
Passes are available for:
• American Museum of Natural History (NYC)**
• The Morris Museum (Morristown)
• The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (Morris Plains)
[The Stickley Museum membership has reciprocal privileges at several metropolitan area museums.]
Who may borrow museum passes?
Bernardsville Library users with a current Bernardsville Library card.
Are there other rules about borrowing the passes?
Yes, there are several. Only one museum pass at a time can be checked out to a household. Once a museum pass has been checked out to a particular museum, the household members must wait until the next calendar month before taking out that same pass. These rules help everybody get a chance to visit the museums.
**The American Museum of Natural History has a voucher program; library card holders may request two vouchers per month. These vouchers are for one-time use and are not returned to the library.
How long may I keep a pass?
Who may use the pass with me?
Every museum has different rules about their pass. Please check the guidelines for each specific pass. The guidelines are included in the museum pass packet.
How may I pick up and return a museum pass?
Museum passes are available on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a pass. Passes are available at the Circulation Desk of the Bernardsville Library. Please return the pass in person to a staff member at the Circulation Desk. Do not put it in the book drop.
What will it cost me?
It’s free (unless it’s returned late or lost). You will be required to leave a $20 refundable deposit when you check out a museum pass. This money will be returned when you return the pass and the packet. If the pass and/or packet is lost or returned late, the $20 deposit will be applied to the fine incurred. In the event that the pass is lost, you will be charged $70.00. [This does not apply to the American Museum of Natural History vouchers.]
What if I don’t return a pass on time?
Failure to return the pass will result in a fine of $10.00 per day (with a maximum fine being the cost of the pass). Failure to return the pass container will result in a fine of $5.00. In the event that the pass is lost, you will be charged $70.00. [This does not apply to the American Museum of Natural History vouchers.]
Do all passes work the same way?
Each museum has different guidelines for their pass. Please respect their guidelines which are included in the museum pass packet.
Who pays for the museum passes?
Museum passes have been made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.
Who are the Friends of the Library?
The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library (FBPL) is the established organization that welcomes members who are interested in volunteering time and resources to the library. A non-profit organization, the Friends group is the fundraising arm of the library. Through members’ generous tax-deductible contributions, the Friends provide programs and services that cannot be funded through the library’s annual operating budget from the Borough. This includes funding for computers, books, materials, and programs that enhance the library’s offerings.
How do I join the Friends?
Anyone who makes a donation or volunteers at the library is a Friend of the library. Operated by an annually elected board, the Friends meet on the second Wednesday of every other month. For more information about volunteering or to make a contribution, please visit the Friends link on the library website.