A new RADical way to use your library card
RAD Pass gives Allegheny County library cardholders access to free or discounted tickets to local attractions and cultural assets, encouraging cultural literacy and learning
One little card, so many possibilities. From books to high-tech, library cards give patrons access to a wide variety of services. Now, they are also the ticket to culture in the city.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has launched RAD Pass, a new online ticket lending system that gives cardholders from any of Allegheny County’s 46 public libraries access to the region’s vast array of cultural assets. Cardholders ages 18+ can access the system at radpass.org to discover free or discounted tickets to regional attractions, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
RAD Pass is coordinated by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with generous support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) through a RADical ImPAct Grant, awarded in 2019 in celebration of RAD’s 25th anniversary.
“RAD Pass is exactly the type of idea we hoped would come out of our RADical ImPAct initiative,” said Dusty Elias Kirk, RAD Board Chair. “Connecting communities to our cultural assets through their library cards exemplifies so much of what RAD has made possible, thanks to the taxpayers of Allegheny County. We are thrilled to see this project take off, and look forward to its continued growth.”
“Pittsburgh has so many wonderful culturally diverse arts and educational experiences,” said Mary Frances Cooper, President & Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “Being able to experience the art, culture and history living right in our own backyard has been a luxury for many in our community. RAD Pass helps make our region’s cultural resources available and accessible to everyone. We are grateful to the Regional Asset District and our many partners for connecting library cardholders to the region’s cultural assets. As this program grows we look forward to welcoming even more Pittsburgh favorites.”
RAD Pass partners make ticket offers based on availability and may only have a limited number of passes to offer at a given time. Patrons are encouraged to check the website, radpass.org, often for offers. Limits on the number of passes and how often patrons can reserve a pass are set by the participating organization for each offer.
“Pittsburgh Opera is proud to be one of CLP’s inaugural partners in RAD Pass,” said Pittsburgh Opera Director of Marketing and Communications Chris Cox. “We hope that RAD Pass will make it easier for all Allegheny County residents to experience the magic of opera. Library cards have always opened doors; with RAD Pass, they now open our theatre doors too.”
To sign up for a free library card, patrons can visit any Allegheny County library or apply online. To reserve a RAD Pass, cardholders can visit radpass.org, click on “Reserve a Pass” and enter their card number and pin. They can then browse through a regularly updated list of events by date and venue to reserve their pass. Once they’ve acquired a pass, patrons will be able to print or download the offer to their mobile device before visiting a participating venue or event. In certain circumstances patrons will need to exchange their pass at the venue’s box office for tickets prior to the event. Passes are not transferable; the cardholder who reserved the pass must be present to be admitted.
Visit radpass.org for full details regarding participating organizations, availability, restrictions and other frequently asked questions.