**IMPORTANT ~ PLEASE READ** Many museums are closed due to covid-19, or are operating on a limited basis with online pre-registration required, or do not presently accept discount passes. Those that do accept passes may have special procedures for them. It is your responsibility to check with the museum you are visiting before borrowing a library pass to make sure that they are open, accepting library passes, and that you are following their procedures. Regardless of individual museums’ procedures, library policy regarding borrowing passes has not changed.
Museum passes may be picked up at the library only on the day they are to be used, and must be returned that evening (in the book drop) or by 9:00 the following morning (Monday morning if applicable). Passes may not be reserved; first come, first served only. Passes will be quarantined like any other library item for several days after being returned in the book drop, and fines will not be assessed if the pass has been returned on time even if it still shows on your account while it is being quarantined. The pass you are looking for may still be in quarantine on the day you want to go, so please call the library before coming down to borrow a pass to make sure it is available. For everyone’s safety, we will not break quarantine to loan out museum passes prematurely.
See which museums are open, which are accepting passes, and how you go about using the passes by clicking here to open up a view-only google spreadsheet. Be sure to check the museum’s website before you plan your visit, as the pandemic may have impacted regular operating hours and brought on new restrictions.
The library now offers passes to the following adult out-of-state museums: The Frick Collection, Guggenheim, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society Museum & Library. Loan rules vary from children’s passes. See the staff at the upstairs reference desk in the adult department or visit the information page here for more information.