Californians Can Use Their Library Cards to Visit All State Parks for Free

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Californians Can Use Their Library Cards to Visit All State Parks for Free

In honor of National Library Week, California State Parks is teaming up with local public libraries statewide to make park passes available to anyone with a library card.

Cardholders can visit their local library’s checkout and request a pass which allows for a free day of vehicle entry to any of the more than 200 state parks in California.

As part of a three-year pilot program starting in April, each library jurisdiction will receive at least three California State Library Parks Pass hangtags per branch for checkout by library patrons, including mobile libraries. Park Passes will enter circulation on a rolling basis throughout April and May for checkout by library patrons. Library-card holders will be able to check out the pass for the allotted number of days allowed by the local library, then return the pass to the library for others to use. The pass is valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at participating state park units.

The pass will not be honored at state park units operated by federal or local government and private agencies or concessionaires. Also, the pass is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping, group use or sites, special events, additional/extra vehicle fees, sanitation disposal use or for supplemental fees.

Detailed information on the new California State Library Parks Program, including full terms and conditions, is available online at For more information on all the new parks pass programs, please visit

For more free things to do, also check out Bank of America’s Museums on Us, all the free entrance days at National Parks, and free things you can do in New York City.

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