Free parking day pass for California state parks available


The new pass distributed at local libraries will allow free one-day vehicle admission to more than 200 state parks in California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In honor of National Library Week, California State Parks is partnering with public libraries across the state to make park passes available to anyone with a library card. .

Readers can visit the cashier at their local library and request a pass that allows one day of free vehicle admission to any of California’s more than 200 state parks.

“Libraries are trusted community centers where Californians know they can find what they need to work, play and thrive,” California State Librarian Greg Lucas said in a press release. . “This partnership with State Parks now allows Californians to ‘discover’ the great outdoors of California at their community library.”

The California State Library Parks Pass is part of a three-year pilot program beginning this month that aims to establish the passes on a rolling basis through May.

Library card holders will be able to keep the pass for a set number of days and then return the pass to the library for others to pick up. It is valid for a passenger vehicle carrying up to nine people or a registered motorcycle.

“Parks and libraries have the potential to be powerful symbols and agents for California’s open spaces,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “It is an honor to work side by side with the California State Library, Newsom Administration and partners to advance outdoor access for all Californians through public libraries.”

Park passes will be available at more than 1,100 public libraries statewide, and to increase accessibility, libraries in low-income areas are getting more passes.

As for what else people can do with their library card, the Sacramento Public Library system offers dozens of non-book related items. Like sewing machines, record players, telescopes, and even birthday cake pans.

For more information on the new California State Library Parks program, go to For more information on all new park pass programs, please visit

Click on here for a list of parks that do not accept library passes.

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