Explore a California State Park

Use your Library Card to Check Out a Free Vehicle Day-Use Pass for 200+ California State Parks!

Did you know that in addition to providing access to books, movies, online resources and more, your library card can also check out a California State Park Pass to visit over 200 participating state parks for free?

Thanks to a collaboration between the California State Library and  California State Parks, you have a way to access many of the state’s  beautiful beaches, forests, deserts, monuments, lakes and rivers.

The California State Library Parks Pass provides free vehicle day-use entry into a participating state park, and you can visit any number of eligible state parks while you have the pass checked out.

To Use the Free California Park Passes:

  1. Reserve the State park pass from the library catalog and pick up from any SCCLD library when available.
    1. A very limited number of passes are available. Borrowing periods are up to 3 weeks. We appreciate your patience.
  2. Plan your adventure. The pass is valid at over 200 California State Parks. Visit CheckOutCAStateParks.com for a list of which parks are NOT eligible.
  3. Park for free at a participating California State Park. Show the pass to a uniformed state park employee, scan barcode on front of pass at reader or display from your vehicle’s rearview mirror.
  4. Return the pass to the library for others to enjoy.

Click here to visit the California State Parks website. Visit the California State Library website for Frequently Asked Questions, opens a new window.

*The pass is not valid at parks operated by federal or local governments, private agencies or concessionaires. Additionally, the pass is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees, boat use, camping, group use or sites, special events, commercial use, additional/extra vehicle fees, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount.

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