Thanks to NYC's public libraries you now have another option to get your culture fix — for free.
On Monday, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library and Queens Library launched Culture Pass, a city-wide initiative providing free access to a myriad of cultural institutions and public gardens across the five boroughs.
Library cardholders may visit 33 of the some of the city's most iconic cultural destinations ranging from the Whitney Museum and the MOMA in Manhattan to the Noguchi Museum in Queens, Wave Hill in the Bronx, and Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. Brooklyn institutions participating in Culture Pass include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum and the New York Transit Museum.
Passes will be released two months in advance on the first of every month. For example, on October 1, December passes will be made available and Culture Pass users will be able to reserve any available passes for dates between October 1, and December 31. Cardholders can reserve one pass per institution per year and can have two active reservations per library card at a time.
If you don't already have a library card, visit your library's website to get started. To qualify for a free public library card in New York City, you must be a resident of New York State or work for a company or go to school in New York City. Once you're ready to explore the cultural plethora of our city, visit www.culturepass.nyc and browse available passes by date or venue. To reserve a pass, all you need is your library card credentials. Print or download your pass before your visit, and don't forget to bring a valid ID.
"As the most democratic institution in our society, the library's core mission is to provide resources for learning, culture, and creativity to people of all ages and backgrounds -- in essence, to provide access to the world's collective knowledge," said Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. "Culture Pass will help build awareness, expand audiences and provide access for library patrons to New York's world-class museums and cultural institutions."