New Discovery Passes now more accessible

Discovery Passses just got an upgrade, and they’re more accessible than ever.

A Discovery Pass gives library cardholders opportunities to explore their community and visit a local attraction. Beginning Monday, May 1, community members will be able to check out Discovery Passes online and use them without needing to visit a library location. 

This new upgrade comes just in time for summer, providing access to the Potawatomi Zoo, The History Museum & Studebaker National Museum, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Ruthmere Museum, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve and Wellfield Botanic Garden. (This pass is not valid for special events.)

“The new online passes will be so much easier for patrons because they will not have to worry about returning a pass after using it,” said Deb Miner, customer service assistant manager. “They will now be able to reserve a pass up to one week prior to the visit and they have two days to use the pass. Passes can be printed out from home or library staff will print them out for patrons.”

How to get a Discovery Pass:

  1. Check if a Discovery Pass is available on the Library’s website, app, or at any library location.
  2. If a pass is available, library cardholders can get a pass with a timed receipt. This can either be printed out or presented digitally on a phone at a partner location.
  3. The Discovery Pass may be used during a two consecutive day period, based on the date on their receipt. When the pass expires, it cannot be used further. The date of use is listed on the receipt.
  4. Library cardholders will now have to present ID with the pass when visiting, and IDs must match the name on the pass.

The number of passes available will be limited to the Library’s membership agreement. If you would like to support the library as it offers these passes and other resources to the community for free visit

Available Discovery Passes

The History Museum & Studebaker National Museum

Pass admits up to 6 people. Includes house tours of the Oliver Mansion

Potawatomi Zoo

Pass admits up to 2 adults and 6 children

Ruthmere Museum

Pass admits up to 6 people

Wellfield Botanic Garden

Pass admits 4 adults and 4 children

Free Performance Tickets

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Enter a raffle to win free tickets to the South Bend Symphony!

Library partners with South Bend Symphony Orchestra to offer free tickets

The St. Joe County Public Library is once again partnering with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra to provide community members up to six (6) free tickets to performances in the Jack M. Champaigne Masterworks Series 2023 Season.

Patrons who are interested in the Symphony tickets can register online, and indicate how many tickets they would like. Names will be randomly selected through an electronic drawing three weeks before the performance. Tickets will be held at the Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office or the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (depending on the performance location), and there will be nothing to pick up at the Library. 

Future concerts and information will be posted on the Library’s website on the Discovery Pass page.


  • Patrons may request any number of tickets up to six, and must list the name(s) of all attendees.
  • All patrons are limited to one concert per season, so that the maximum number of people can experience the Symphony.
  • The Discovery Pass designated seats are on the main floor of the Morris Performing Arts Center, and handicap-accessible seating is available.
  • If you are selected and are unable to attend the concert, please contact the Library ( or 574-282-4646) as soon as possible, so that the next winner can be selected and notified. A notice of two weeks is kindly requested, if at all possible.

If you have any questions please email the St. Joe County Public Library at

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