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Ascension Parish Library is not only a library of books, but also of things and experiences. Try a new craft, strum a ukulele, plan a family board game night, or go on a birding walk by using your library card.

How to Check Out Things

Most Library of Things items can be placed on hold in the library catalog with an active APL card and picked up at a library location.

Adventure Passes can be reserved online through our ticketing system. Call one of our locations for assistance.

The Dobsonian Telescope can only be checked out and returned at our Gonzales location.

How to Return Materials

Library of Things materials must be returned to the checkout desk at any library location (unless otherwise specified at checkout) during regular operation hours. To avoid damages, please do not return items to our book drops.

Borrower Responsibility

Library cardholders ages 14 and up can borrow up to two Things at a time for a period of two weeks. Borrowers accept responsibility for the return of all parts included with Things. While fines may not be charged for minor damages and loss of some parts, the library reserves the right to charge for replacement parts if deemed necessary. Borrowers will be charged for items that are not returned.

 Help

Need additional information or help using items from our Library of Things? Check out the links below.

    • An Adventure Pass is either a physical or digital ticket that allows free admission to one of our partner organizations.

      Digital pass confirmations are emailed to you after you make a reservation.  

      Physical passes must be picked up at the library location named on your pass confirmation.

    • Any Ascension Parish resident of any age with an Ascension Parish Library card in good standing can check out an Adventure Pass. The library cardholder named on the pass must be present to redeem the pass at the museum. Adults must show a photo ID at the museum’s or nature center’s admissions desk.

    • Adventure Passes can be reserved at our website. You need your library card number and PIN to complete the reservation. PIN numbers are created by combining the first three letters of your last name in all caps and the last five digits of your library card number.

      Digital pass confirmations are emailed to you after you make the reservation. You may print the pass confirmation or show it on a mobile device at the admissions desk at the partner organization.

      Physical passes must be picked up at the library location named on your pass confirmation. The USS Kidd is the only partner organization that requires a physical pass that must be picked up at the library.

    • A digital pass is reserved online. The confirmation email you receive is your “ticket” or “pass” for admissions into the museum or nature center. You can present the confirmation as a paper printout, or display the confirmation on your mobile device upon arrival at the museum or nature center.

       

      A physical pass is reserved online, but must be picked up and returned at one of our library locations. It is available for use within a seven day time frame. Currently, the USS Kidd pass is the only physical Adventure Pass. We recommend that you reserve the USS Kidd pass for the date you want to pick it up. You will have an additional six days to visit the museum and return the pass to the library.

    • The USS Kidd is the only partner organization that requires a physical pass.

      It must be picked up and dropped off within the reservation window stated when you make your reservation. The reservation window lasts for seven days, including the date of pickup. We recommend that you reserve your pass for the date you plan to pick it up. That will allow you six days to visit the museum and return the pass to the library.

      The pass must be picked up and dropped off only at the library location chosen at the time of reservation.

    • The number of people one pass admits varies from place to place. The details are listed below as well as under each organization on our Adventure Pass website.

      Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Each Swamp pass provides general admission to one person aged 3 and older. Children ages 2 and under are admitted for free and do not require a pass. Passes may be used for general admission programs; however, they cannot be used for programs or camps that require registration. The pass is valid only for the reserved date of the visit.
      Louisiana Art &
      Science Museum
      Each LASM pass provides general admission during regular hours to one person aged 3 and older. First responders and children aged 2 and under are admitted for free and do not require a pass. All planetarium shows (on the hour, every hour) and all galleries and activities are included in admission. The pass is valid for one visit only during the week that the pass is reserved.
      LSU Museum of Art Each LSU MOA pass provides general admission to one person aged 14 and older. Children ages 2 - 13 and college students receive free admission and do not require a pass. Also, anyone with an EBT card can enter for free. The first Sunday of every month is free admission. Every Friday night from 5 - 8 pm is also free. The pass is valid only for the reserved date of the visit.
      National World War II Museum Each NWWIIM pass provides admission to 2 adults and 4 children (under age 18). Adults aged 17 and older must accompany a group of children 16 years of age and younger. Admission includes museum entry to Beyond All Boundaries 4D Experience and other daily public programming. Beyond All Boundaries 4D Experience tickets are based on availability. The pass is valid only for the reserved date of the visit.
      New Orleans Museum of Art Each NOMA pass provides general admission during regular hours to two adults aged 20 and older. Adults and children aged 19 and under are admitted for free and do not require a pass. Admission to the museum is free for all Louisiana residents every Wednesday. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is free to the public and does not require a pass for admission. Passes cannot be used for special exhibit admission. The pass is valid only for the reserved date of the visit. 
      USS Kidd Veterans Museum Each USS Kidd pass provides admission to a family of up to four (two adults and two children OR one adult and three children). The pass allows for a tour of Baton Rouge’s Fletcher-class Destroyer and Louisiana Veterans Museum. Not valid for group tours, overnight camping, or special events.
    • Each library cardholder of any age may check out one pass per 6-month period.

    • The number of daily available passes for each organization varies according to the agreement between the partner organization and Ascension Parish Library. The number of passes available each day can be seen on the Adventure Pass website. When a pass is no longer available for a given day, it is labeled “booked.”

    • If your group needs more passes than the number available, you must purchase additional tickets directly from the partner organization.

    • You can reserve an Adventure Pass up to 60 days in advance.

    • Adventure Passes may be canceled up to the date of the reservation by calling any of our Ascension Parish Library locations. Passes cannot be canceled after the date of the reservation.

      Donaldsonville 225-473-8052

      Dutchtown 225-673-8699

      Galvez 225-622-3339

      Gonzales 225-647-3955

    • No. If the pass was canceled before or on the date of the reservation, the pass does not count as being used. You may reserve another pass. However, continuous cancellations may inhibit your ability to reserve future passes.

      Passes cannot be canceled after the date of the reservation.

    • If you can’t find the confirmation email, the library can email or text the pass confirmation again.

      If you have lost a physical pass, call the library location that loaned you the pass for assistance.

    • If you reserve a pass and don’t use it, the pass expires, and marks as used in our Adventure Pass system. You may not reserve another pass until 6 months past the expired pass reservation.

      Overdue physical passes must be returned to the lending library location as soon as possible to avoid fines.