Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Release:
Monday, January 31, 2011

Discover & Go


Cathy Sanford
Deputy County Librarian, Support Services
v. (925)646-6423
f. (925)646-6461

Contra Costa County Library Launches Discover & Go:
Reserve & Print Museum Passes Online at

Monday, January 31, 2011 – Looking for something fun, educational, and free to do with the family? Have guests coming into town and want to show off the area’s cultural highlights? The Contra Costa County Library announces Discover & Go an exciting new service providing library cardholders residing in Contra Costa County with free passes to local museums and cultural institutions.

A first of its kind, Discover & Go provides access to passes that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the Library. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date – no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and immediately print out a pass or print later for free at any Library. Customers without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person.

Library cardholders can reserve up to two passes at one time from the following list of destinations:

Asian Art Museum The Marine Mammal Center
Bay Area Discovery Museum Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Beat Museum Museum of the African Diaspora
Bedford Gallery Oakland Aviation Museum
Blackhawk Museum Oakland Museum of California
California Academy of Sciences Pacific Pinball Museum
California Historical Society San Jose Museum of Art
California Shakespeare Theater San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Cartoon Art Museum The Tech Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum Town Hall Theatre
Contemporary Jewish Museum UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Exploratorium USS Hornet Museum
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Habitot Children's Museum Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Lindsay Wildlife Museum Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum

Discover & Go is aligned with the Contra Costa County Library’s strategic initiatives including reading and information for lifelong learning and is a direct response to the Library’s Community Needs Assessment where parents identified their preferences for library programs that provide accessible low-cost cultural activities for families, programs that tie-in with the arts and support easy, independent exploration.

Lafayette City Council Member Don Tatzin says "With the Discover & Go program, patrons of Contra Costa County libraries now get free or reduced cost access to many of the Bay Area’s best museums and cultural attractions, thereby proving that libraries are portals to the world. The online convenience of Discover & Go distinguishes it from similar programs nationwide."

Libraries and museums make great partners as they both seek to spark interest and to propel people to explore, challenge, ask, and engage in new concepts. Audrey Yamamoto, Executive Director at Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum, says "Contra Costa County Library provides accessible programming and educational resources that are aligned with our mission to nurture the 3C's of 21st century literacy – Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication – in all youth and families.” Exhibit-related recommended reading lists hand-selected by library staff will be available from the Discover & Go website at

The Contra Costa County Library serves residents countywide with 26 locations, 3 Library-a-Go-Go book dispensers, and online library services available 24/7 at The Library circulates almost 7 million items annually with over 3 million virtual visits to the Library website each year. The Library is considered a leader in technology and access to information. To learn more about Contra Costa County Library, visit our website at or call 800-984-4636.