Museum Passes

PLEASE NOTE: Some attractions around California are either temporarily closing or curtailing some exhibits due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please contact the attraction or check their website for possible closures if you have reserved passes or plan on reserving passes.

A first of its kind, Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a Library cardholder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area.

Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns are required, and there is no possibility of overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass.

The Fine Print

  • You must have a valid library card starting with '2904' or '2973'.
  • You must be at least 14 years old. Some attractions do require an age of 16 or 18 and up. 
  • Live within the library service area (based on zip code)
  • You may not use an eCard or institutional card
  • You may have up to 2 reservations at a time
  • You may cancel a reservation only if you have not already printed the admission pass
  • The pass is for use only by the person named and only on the date specified. No photocopies are allowed. Valid ID is required.

Try It Now!

Museum Passes FAQs

  • Yes! All of our locations are open for you to come inside. Visit our Locations page for a list of locations and hours.

  • If you’re waiting for an appointment, headed to the park, or taking a break at work, eBook Stops are a great way to help you pass the time! Browse, check out, and download an eBook to your mobile device in a matter of minutes and take it with you to go!

    eBook Stops are a small network device that generates its own Wi-Fi network and connects to an eBook collection curated by San Mateo County Libraries. When connected to the network, you can download and read eBooks in on your phone or tablet without the need for an Internet connection, an additional app or a library card.

  • Yes. We will be offering more hours beginning on Tuesday, March 16 with Curbside Services, opens a new window available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. When we are safely able to fully reopen to the public, North Fair Oaks Library will have its weekly service hours increased from 50 to 60 hours. We’ll be seeking input on establishing new hours and feedback on services from the community soon.

    Sí. Ofreceremos más horas a partir del martes 16 de marzo con servicio en la acera, opens a new window disponible desde el martes a sábado, de 11:00 AM a 4:00 PM. Cuando podamos reabrir completamente al público, Fair Oaks Branch Library tendrá su horario de servicio aumentado de 50 a 60 horas. Pronto buscaremos información sobre el establecimiento de nuevas horas y comentarios sobre los servicios de la comunidad.

  • The SimplyE app consolidates San Mateo County Libraries’ Overdrive, Axis 360, Enki, and public domain eBooks and eAudiobooks into a single collection.

  • In response to the San Mateo County Health Department’s guidance around social distancing, all of our library locations are closed to public access. With digital titles, online resources, virtual events, and more, we’re still here for you and are Open for Exploration online. For more information, read our blog, opens a new window

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