ROXBURY TWP. – Been to a good museum lately?
Township residents can now borrow passes to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Guggenheim Museum, The USS Intrepid, The Montclair Art Museum, The Morris Museum, Museum of the American Revolution, The Storm King Art Center, and The Thomas Education Center at Menlo Park.
The perks of being a Roxbury resident and having a library card have just grown exponentially.
Free, with a Roxbury Library card, residents can reserve and borrow passes to area museums. Most passes allow for two adults and some combination of children, according to the library.
“This is an outstanding way for everyone to explore the world of learning at area museums,” said Roxbury Library Board of Trustee President Aldo Palma.
“And the fact that these passes are free makes day-trips affordable and more fun.”
The passes are available through the Roxbury Library’s expanded “Library of Things,” a lending collection of helpful items and museum passes. The collection provides library cardholders access to a wide variety of things — many of which might be used only a few times per year — without the burden of purchasing and storing infrequently used objects.
“We’re so thankful to the Friends of the Library for purchasing these passes,” said Radwa Ali, director of the library. “We encourage Roxbury patrons to take advantage of the passes and plan some day-trip getaways to some of the area’s most popular going places.”
Provided courtesy of the Friends of the Roxbury Library, the passes include the following museums: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York, The Guggenheim in New York, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex in New York, Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, Museum of the American Revolution in Pa., Storm King Art Center, New York, and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park.
Roxbury resident cardholders can reserve museum passes for up to four days through the Library of Things, available at https://www.roxburylibrary.org/museum. Borrowing an item will involve a little more than checking out a book. Patrons will register, validate email address after registering, and input credit card information to guarantee the return of the passes, and look at availability of the pass or item they reserve.
As each museum has its own visiting schedule or requirements, patrons are asked to check the website of the location before reserving the passes.
“We can’t wait for everyone to go out and explore new places,” said Stu Bauer, president of the Friends of the Roxbury Library. “The Friends offered museum passes in the past, but this benefit was paused during the COVID-19 lockdown. We are grateful to the area museums for again making this benefit possible for our residents.”
The Roxbury Public Library launched its free Library of Things in 2021, with dozens of items available to borrow for up to two weeks. Categories of items include electronics, hobby and crafts, kitchen and dining, music and media, science and engineering, sports and outdoors, tools, and toys and games.
“Our most popular item is Lawn Jenga,” laughed Ali. “I hope the museum passes are just as popular. People really need to get out and explore.”
The “Library Of Things” includes, but are not limited to: a microscope, snap circuits, a steel tongue drum, a record player, an otamatone, a Lyre harp, a kids acoustic guitar, a key board, a button maker, a sewing machine, a cassette to MP3 converter, a Cuisanart ice cream maker, a foundue pot, an induction cooktop, and 84 inch projector with screen, a book and document scanner, a digital film and slide scanner, an external hard drive, a karaoke machine, a photo scanner, a selfid stick and tripod, a portable speaker with mic, yard jenga, Twister Ultimate, a chess set, a backgammon set, Chinese checkers, a Dungeons & Dragons starter set, a gold panning kit, trekking poles, table tennis with net, a pogo stick, a gas camp stove, binoculars, lanterns, a megaphone, a check engine light reader, a heat gun, a luggage scale, a metal detector, a moisture meter, a pressure washer and a stud finder .
To see the full collection and to start making reservations, go to
Each year, according to statistics provided by the library, more than 23,000 residents and neighbors are served with more than 200,000 check-outs and engagements through offerings of educational and enriching programs, concerts, lending books and audiovisual materials.
It also offers a wide array of digital content that allows the community members to access a vast array of books, audio-books, music, and film on their personal devices via their library card.
Roxbury Public Library offers expanded digital services, virtual, in-person and hybrid programs, passport services by appointment, an inventive Library of Things, and an abundance of helpful resources.