What is Explore More Illinois?

PLEASE NOTE: Explore More Illinois is not affiliated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Please visit the DNR's portal to make campsite reservations or to purchase licenses and permits.

Explore More Illinois allows cardholders from participating RAILS and IHLS public libraries to reserve free and discounted admission, parking, and gift store purchases from cultural and recreational attractions in Illinois, including museums, cultural centers, zoos, aquariums, gardens, historical societies, park districts, and more.

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FAQs for Explore More Illinois Users

What is Explore More Illinois?

Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders access discounts at museums, park districts, historical societies, zoos, arts centers, recreational facilities, and other attractions.

Is my library participating in Explore More Illinois?

Check out the Explore More Illinois login page to see if your library is participating, Type in your library card number and password (if applicable) to search for offers at attractions around the state. If you are having problems logging into Explore More Illinois, call your local library for help.

How do I access Explore More Illinois?

Your library should have a link to Explore More Illinois from their website. You can also go directly to https://exploremore.quipugroup.net and choose their home library from the drop down menu. Enter your library barcode and password or PIN.

How do I search for offers?

Once you are logged in, you will see offers for the upcoming three months. You can also search for offers by date, attraction name, or location. Information about each attraction and the offer is available before making the reservation. 

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, you can choose what date you want to make the reservation for and then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear, and a confirmation email will be sent to the patron. You have the option of printing out a pass at that time, or they can choose to print it out later.

Can I cancel a reservation?

You can cancel a reservation before you print or download a pass. 

I cannot log into Explore More Illinois. What should I do?

Please call or visit your library. You may have an issue with your account, such as an expired card or fines. Your library will assist you in solving the problem.

How many reservations can I have at one time?

You can have three active reservations at one time. Once one of the reservation dates has past, you can make another reservation.

 Can children make reservations?

Adults 18 and over can make reservations in Explore More Illinois. Photo ID must be shown on at the attraction on the day of the reservation.

Can I make a reservation for the same attraction more than once?

Attractions can limit how many times a patron can make a reservation. If you are out of reservations, they will not see the offer when you log into Explore More Illinois.

Will I get a reminder about their reservation?

Yes, you will get a reminder email three days before your reservation.

What do I need to bring to the attraction on the day of the reservation?

You will need to bring a photo ID and either a smartphone with the pass available on the phone or a printed copy of the pass. Some attractions require a printed copy, and that will be indicated when the you make the reservation.

Libraries Interested in Joining Explore More Illinois

Thanks for your interest in Explore More Illinois. While it is free to join Explore More Illinois, we need some information to configure access for your library. If your library is a RAILS member, use your L2 password to log into this site and complete the form. If your library is an IHLS member, please email info@exploremoreillinois.org for more information. 

Some of the required information pertains to technical aspects of your library's circulation system. If you are not able to complete the form all at once, it can be partially completed and saved to be finished later. If you are finished, please make sure you save as complete.

If you have any questions, please email info@exploremoreillinois.org, and an Explore More Illinois staff member will reach out to you.

Explore More Illinois is separate and distinct from the Museum Adventure Pass administered by Libraries First. Libraries can participate in both programs.

Attractions Interested in Joining Explore More Illinois

We're always recruiting Illinois cultural attractions to become partners in this program. Our Attractions page has more information.