Shelf to Shore

We have distributed all of the Shelf to Shore passes for the 2018-2019 season.

Please check back late-summer for updates.


The program provides a free pass to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for families that otherwise can't afford to visit. The passes are valid through May 24, 2019. Here are some reminders about the program:


The Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program was created for families who otherwise cannot afford to visit the Aquarium.

Each pass admits up to six family members. Qualifying Fresno County adult library card holders can each receive one pass per school year, and must present their library card and the pass for admission at the Aquarium.

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More information about this program may be found here.

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for a pass, you must:

  1. Be a Fresno County resident.
  2. Be 18 years old or older.
  3. Have a valid FCPL library card. (Don't have a card? Avoid waiting in lines by signing up today- it's free!)
  4. Qualify for free school lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services.

How Do I Get a Pass?

Bring your library card to any Library branch and request an aquarium Shelf to Shore pass from the Library Help Desk. Each pass admits up to six family members for a visit. You can get one pass per school year per adult library card holder.

If you have lost your library card you will need to purchase a replacement ($2.00); the library card must be in-hand when you use your pass.

When can I Use the Shelf to Shore Pass?

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day.

Currently, a pass is valid from September 4, 2018 through May 24, 2019 and cannot be used on the following dates:

The passes are not valid during posted blackout dates printed on the passes, including:

  • December 25-31, 2018
  • January 1, 2019
  • January 19-21, 2019
  • February 16-18, 2018
  • April 13-28, 2019

This information is included on the pass.