Monday, June 01, 2015

Discover & Go: Free and Discounted Museum Passes

Starting today, it is now cheaper for Mountain View Library cardholders to visit many of the incredible museums the Bay Area has to offer.

We are excited to announce that with the generous support of the Friends of the Mountain View Library, our patrons now have access to Discover & Go - a service that allows you to use your library card to reserve and print free and discounted tickets to over 40 participating museums and cultural heritage institutions across the Bay Area!

Discount rules vary by destination.  There are a limited number of passes available for each location and they go quickly, so it is best to reserve passes in advance.  Pass availability and details for each attraction can be found by logging in to the Mountain View Discover & Go site at

The Exploratorium in San Francisco offers Discover & Go users free admission for 2 people, valid for daytime use only.
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose offers discounts of $2-$3 off combo tickets (general admission + IMAX) for up to 6 people.
Here are the steps to follow to begin reserving your passes today:
  • Visit our Discover & Go site at
  • Enter your library card number and PIN (just like you do when you check out books or eBooks).
  • Choose a date on the calendar on the left side of the page.
  • Scroll through the list to find the museum or attraction you want to visit.
  • Click on Reserve Pass.
  • Print your pass!

Watch this walk thru tutorial demonstrating how to get a pass.

Here are some important tips to remember: 
  • Each museum or attraction sets the rules for their passes.  Some may only provide discounted admission, while others provide a free visit.
  • You can have only two (2) open reservations at one time.
  • The availability of passes varies from day to day. If a museum is unavailable on the day you originally chose, try another date.
  • Once a pass has been viewed or printed, the reservation cannot be cancelled.
  • The person making the reservation must be physically present and in possession of the printed pass and a photo ID when entering the museum or attraction.
Join us in the Computer Training Center Tuesday, June 9 at 4pm or Thursday, June 11 at 6pm for an informational session and hands-on tutorial for Discover & Go.  

Special thanks to the Friends of the Mountain View Library for making this wonderful service possible.

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