Please note: Aquarium Passes for the 2015 -16 year are not
available yet. Please check this site or check with your branch after
the Labor Day holiday.
Shelf to Shore passes will
be available for the 2014-15 program year starting September
and valid through May 22, 2015, except for holidays, Christmas and
Spring Break weeks.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and MCFL Offer
Aquarium Access for
Eligible individuals recieve one free pass to the
Aquarium per program year from Monterey County Free Libraries.
All Monterey County residents, regardless of
income, receive free admission during Community Week, which is December,
What is it?
The Shelf to Shore
program was created for families
who otherwise cannot afford to
visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.ibraries
to distribute one free pass per year to eligible Monterey County Residents who
have a Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) card. Salinas Public
Library and Watsonville Public Library provide free passes to eligible
residents living within their communities.
The Aquarium partners locally
with Monterey County Free
Who is Eligible?
Low-income residents of Monterey County with a Monterey County Free
Libraries card. Note: All Monterey County residents, regardless of
income, receive free admission during Community Week, which is always
the first week of December.
What criteria is used for low-income?
Low-income is defined by the Aquarium for this program as enrollment
in the Free School Lunch Program, WIC/SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal,
Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or similar services. Proof of
low-income eligibility is based on the honor system. The library does
not ask for proof of enrollment in the services listed above. The
library does verify that you are a resident of Monterey County with a
valid Monterey County Free Libraries card.
How do I get a pass? If you
are eligible, visit your local branch of Monterey County Free
Libraries to request a pass. Eligible individuals may obtain one free
pass to the Aquarium once a calendar year from Monterey County Free
Libraries. One pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time
Shelf to Shore passes are available at all
MCFL branches: Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Buena Vista, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Prunedale, San Ardo, Seaside and Soledad, and bookmobiles in North County and South County.
MCFL can only give out passes to Monterey County residents. Please bring your library card with you when requesting
a pass. If you don’t have a library card, please bring some current ID showing your residential address so you can apply for a library card.
Can I use the pass anytime in the year
I choose? Passes will be available for the 2014-15 program
year starting September 2, 2014 and valid through May 22, 2015, except
for holidays, Christmas and Spring Break weeks.
Not valid: September 1; October 19; November
27-30; December 6-14, 25-31 2014;
January 1, 17-19; February 14-16; March 28 - April 12 and April
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Please call your local
MCFL branch for more information.