Press Release

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, June 3, 2013


Cathy Sanford
Deputy County Librarian, Support Services

511 Contra Costa helps get you there with free transit passes to
select Discover & Go venues in July & August

June 3, 2013Contra Costa County Library and 511 Contra Costa are teaming up again to repeat last summer's successful public transit promotion by offering free BART tickets to Contra Costa County Library cardholders with Discover & Go reservations during the months of July and August. Patrons can submit their request for up to 3 $10 BART tickets by clicking on the banner ad on their Discover & Go pass.

The free Discover & Go promotional BART tickets are available to library cardholders who have or make Discover & Go reservations for use in July or August to go to the following venues:

  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Bedford Gallery
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California Shakespeare Theater
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • Children's Creativity Museum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Habitot Children's Museum
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

To sign-up for free BART tickets,
view your July or August reservation on your
Discover & Go account:

1) Click to Print your pass, then
2) Click on the "need transportation" banner on your pass to sign-up!

BART tickets will be mailed to cardholders' homes via standard 1st Class U.S. Postal Service within five business days of their request. The BART ticket offer is limited to one request per household and the offer is available while supplies last.

This BART ticket offer is funded by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's Half Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Improvements (Measure J) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Transportation Fund for Clear Air. The promotion is intended to encourage the use of public transit to access museums and is not a need-based program.

Since its inception in January 2011, Discover & Go has met Contra Costa County Library’s goal of providing access to culture inside and outside of the library by attracting more than 40 Bay Area museum partners and making over 240,000 cultural visits possible for families with library cards. 

Funds to develop Discover & Go were provided by a $45,000 Bay Area Library Information System (BALIS) technology grant. The program was developed by Contra Costa County Library and Quipu Group (, a library-specific software development and consulting company. Discover & Go is currently expanding into Los Angeles County and additional Northern California libraries. The expansion project, called Discover & Go, California! is being funded by an $84,000 grant awarded to Contra Costa County Library by the California State Library.

511 Contra Costa is a comprehensive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that promotes transportation alternatives to the single occupant vehicle. 511 Contra Costa encourages "green commutes" via the utilization of alternative modes of transportation that improve traffic congestion and improve air quality by maximizing the use of the entire transportation network. For more information visit

Contra Costa County Library serves over 902,000 residents of urban, suburban, and rural communities through 26 community libraries, 3 Library-a-Go-Go book dispensers, and online library services available 24/7 at  As the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award and two from the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy for Cutting-Edge Technology in Library Service, Contra Costa County Library is recognized as a leader among libraries implementing technology to improve service, reduce costs, and deliver on the Library's mission of bringing people and ideas together.