Carte Nature

Carte Nature

Nature Card

Pass - 2014
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Publisher: Ottawa : Ottawa Public Library = Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa ; Canadian Museum of Nature = Musée canadien de la nature, [2014]
Branch Call Number: 069.0971 CARTE
Characteristics: 1 museum pass.
1 laissez-passer pour le musée.

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Hathor Oct 22, 2012

This pass only covers general admission only. Special exhibits are extra, but the the price of general admission is subtracted from the special exhibit fare.
For example, adult fare for the current special exhibit is $18 and general admission is $12. Each adult then pays $6 in order to gain a... Read More »


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norkaper
Jul 31, 2018

Just missed a card by seconds after driving for 1/2 hour, I really think they need to change the current system. I would implement a 3 day sign out period, max sign out of 2 times per year for each type of museum pass and heavy fines if not returned on time. I would also introduce a hold of 1hr, if you do not sign out after holding pass this would count towards your max/year count.

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Yaba
Jul 29, 2018

I believe that the system must have been debated at great length. In my case I have couchsurfing guests a couple times a year so a "first come first serve" system for museum passes is better than a queuing system. Still ... I think there must be a way to create a hybrid system that combines short-term holds, queuing, and "first come first serve". The current system is acceptable enough to me (at least it is fair and not easily abused) but not ideal for the environment (or people) to have to drive 30 minutes not knowing if the pass will still be there when you arrive. You certainly do not want the same person to have the pass 26 times a year. A single 1 hour hold might work but there should be limitations and restrictions. Any change requires some "coding" of the Web site application and it is likely a third party product that may not have that capability already built in.

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ctaylor86
Mar 26, 2018

I really don't agree with this system. I have driven all over the city chasing one of these passes and each time the card shows up as available at a given location and then is gone by the time I have arrived (sometimes less than 10 minutes later). A 30 minute hold system for those who are driving all over town would surely not be hard to implement. This pass is a lovely idea but the proper parameters are not in place and it's basically a lottery and very frustrating.

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Ajarabekmarion
Feb 07, 2018

Please create some type of system for those who check and will go directly to the library to obtain a card. I drove across the city three times and by the time I arrive the card is already gone. My local branch (Orleans) does not have a card so it is my only choice. I find the system somewhat punitive to those who don’t live immediately near an available library or have time to wait outside before it opens. The Librarians are lovely and it is a fantastic initiative, but it needs work. Perhaps a one hour hold to allow someone the time to get to the library? Or some type of way of knowing who has been actively trying to procure a card numerous times with no luck? If you try ten times perhaps you get the option to place a hold?

Addendum: I checked again this morning and noticed that Hunt Club has 10 copies, Nepean 7, which I find disproportionate considering the Orleans branch has 0 copies. There are less people in Nepean than Orleans. Please provide some copies to the East end. In addition, you may want to consider demographics when allocating the passes.

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LCraig
Dec 30, 2017

I think this is a fantastic initiative by the library, but agree with a number of commenters who have suggested a one hour hold as an option (though I understand the additional coordination this would require of the librarians). Outside of camping outside the library until it opens, I am not sure how one would otherwise manage to secure a pass.

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amanda_gauthier
Aug 07, 2017

Wow, what a treat! I am so happy the city provides us with the opportunity to enrich our children's experiences through history, nature, culture and Arts! Thank you!

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Blader50
Jun 29, 2017

Don't even try to secure a card. I have tried for 2 weeks, different library locations and still have not succeeded. I'm glad some families are benefiting this card though we are frustrated by the whole system. Also the library staff are not encouraging with their negative feedback on me procuring a card. I have noticed several are overdue and suggest perhaps a higher daily late fee apply.

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kruszer
Jun 27, 2017

AGREE STRONGLY with those who have commented on this thread! Feeling immense frustration over the lack of holds! PLEASE make some available for first-come and some available for wait listed holds! At very least let us place an hour hold so we have time to do a mad dash to the library that is currently carrying the pass we need when we need one!

At this rate, only those who live or work right next to a library and have the option of checking in frequently will have access to these museums (and they will be able to go to the museum often!), while those of us with a greater commute will all too often arrive in the library showing one available pass, only to find it already checked out.

I used to be able to access the more popular museums around once a year with the hold system. Now I fear I'll never get to take the kids to Nature or History museums again. Please change this!

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nlpearson
Jun 06, 2017

One of the Orleans cards is showing it was due back in October 2016. Will it be replaced?

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artygirl
Oct 23, 2016

I really think a 1 hour hold should be put on these cards. It would subtract greatly from the stress.

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tappfamily
Jul 24, 2018

I like the new system better. The waiting list used to be years long, I never actually made it to the top of the list. It takes some work to get ahold of one of these cards but if your looking to save money its worth it.

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