Library Membership

Fostering access to the Museum for lower income families CMOST's library passes are a valuable asset to your patrons. CMOST recognizes the needs of our community libraries to provide these passes, while keeping within your budget. Below are the library pass fees. These fees are based on the size of the library.

Library Memberships will be priced as follows:

  • $50 for libraries with annual budget under $50k
  • $100 for libraries with annual budget under $250k
  • $150 for libraries with annual budget under $1M
  • $200 for libraries with annual budget over $1M

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Using our online system, you can: renew or purchase a new membership for your library. Just click on the option you want. 

Benefits to your Library Patron:

  • FREE admission to CMOST for up to FOUR individuals. All adults must be accompanied by a child. Children under 2 are always free.

Benefits to your Library:

  • Exclusive ½ price rental opportunity of “science education kits” – this is normally a $150 fee, but will be available to member libraries at $75. (reduced rates available for our small and very small libraries)
    • Included in the kit is the lesson plan, reproducible PDF’s, and the materials to present the program to 25-30 kids. The library may present the program as many times as they want, however the “consumables” in the kit would need to be purchased by the library for the extra presentations. *Please note, the kit does not need to be returned resupplied.
    • The kit is rentable for 1 month. The renting library must pick up and drop off the kit. 

Kits include (but are not limited to):

  • Adirondack Adventures,
  • Circuit Science
  • Journey Through the Solar System 
  • Kitchen Science 
  • Life on the Erie Canal
  • Mastering Measurement 
  • Simple Machines 
  • What’s the Weather?

Additional Benefit for Library Staff:

CMOST’s expert STEAM educators will conduct a Professional Training Day at CMOST once each year (Date TBD). The training is a great tutorial on how to use any of our kits, including other ideas of what to do with the kit, and our amazing educators will answer any questions you might have. This “train the trainer” approach allows you to reproduce the program in your library and then present it again at a later date! Please note, it is NOT mandatory to attend the training, it is simply a service to allow for further education and comfort with the science kits – we want you to get the most out of them.

The new Library Membership program:

Each current library’s membership is good until it expires. Our new Library Membership program, based on your library size, will determine your price upon renewal (please see attached page for details).

Each membership level provides the library with one museum pass for circulation to its patrons. Should a library want a second pass, another pass may be purchased at $80 per pass regardless of the size or membership level of the library.

Policies:

We recognize that each library has a different method of constructing the pass, so whether it be on a CD case, a DVD case or a laminated card, please follow the guidelines below.

Each pass should have the following information printed on it:

  • The name and address of your library
  • FOUR people are admitted with the pass, and children under 2 are free
  • The name, address, phone number, and web address of CMOST (see bottom of the page)
  • Please include that CMOST’s hours change seasonally and that the patron should CHECK the WEBSITE for hours and times. (We don’t want a sad face at the door on a day we are closed – it makes us cry ☺)
  • CMOST is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is 100% donor funded

Upon arrival at the CMOST admission desk, the library patron will receive a brief survey about their experience which we ask them to fill out before they leave. The survey envelope will also include a membership form and an overview of member benefits.

We ask that libraries work with us to:

  • Make the passes accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Promote the passes as much as possible to lower-income audiences.