Omaha Public Library (OPL) is joining Bellevue and Council Bluffs public libraries in a new initiative with Fontenelle Forest to offer free Forest admission to library members. All OPL branches will begin checking memberships out to patrons on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
“We are so excited to be able to offer these membership passes to library cardholders,” said Merica Whitehall, Fontenelle Forest Executive Director. “One of the things that’s really amazing to me is how much of a resource both the libraries and Fontenelle Forest are for the community. How vast the engagement, activities and learning opportunities of the organizations are! We are thrilled to work closely together for the betterment of our community.”
OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane echoes the enthusiasm. “Fontenelle Forest is a beautiful space in which to explore and learn,” Marlane said. “We look forward to partnering with Fontenelle Forest to offer membership passes to OPL cardholders.”
Each of OPL’s 12 locations will have day passes available (one per day/per location) for check-out year-round to adults ages 18+ who are Douglas County residents or have a non-resident paid membership to OPL. Passes are good for one-time admission on the day of the week designated on the pass, and each pass admits two adults and children from their household. Individuals should check out the pass for the day they are interested in visiting Fontenelle Forest. Only one pass may be issued per library card and customer, and passes cannot be placed on hold. Passes are loaned to customers for up to five days and must be returned to any OPL location at the expiration of the loan period. Unreturned or late passes will be subject to a $5 replacement fee.
To see which OPL locations have passes available for the day of the week you’re interested in visiting, visit omahalibrary.org and search for “Fontenelle Forest” in the online catalog. You may also call any OPL branch location to check availability.
Douglas County residents who do not have a library card may find more information about how to get a card here or by visiting their local branch.
Fontenelle Forest is the second community organization to offer free admission through Omaha Public Library. A similar partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was announced in May 2017.
For more information, call or visit your neighborhood OPL branch location.