California State Library Parks Pass Program
Research shows that spending time in the outdoors is associated with better mental and physical health, and that many Californians face barriers to accessing their parks. California has a wealth of state parks, and many public libraries are likely within driving distance of one. By reducing barriers to park access and partnering with entities such as public libraries, the state can help more Californians explore the outdoors and generate positive impacts in the area of health, natural resource stewardship, and historical and cultural connections.
Through a partnership with California State Parks and the California State Library, free State Parks vehicle day-use passes are now available to check out at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. To learn more about this program, please see the information below or download this brochure (PDF). For a list of eligible parks, download the handout (PDF) here.
Parks Pass Borrowing Guidelines
To check out a Parks Pass from the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, please review the following guidelines:
- A valid library card must be presented at the time of checkout.
- Patrons may only check out one pass at a time.
- Patrons can place a hold on passes currently checked out; holds cannot be placed on the Lucky Day Pass.
- Pass can be checked out for seven (7) days and is not renewable.
For terms and conditions about the CA State Library Parks Pass program, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Parks Pass (FAQs)
Can I place a hold on a Parks Pass?
Yes. Visit the Library's catalog to see if a pass is available to check out or place a hold.
What is a Lucky Day Pass?
This pass is only available for in-person pick up on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed. To see if the pass is available, check the Library catalog here.
Can I use the pass for all of CA State Parks?
No. The State Library Parks Pass is valid for vehicle day use at over 200 participating state park units of the California State Park System operated by State Parks. It is not valid at units operated by federal and local government, 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. To see a list of ineligible parks, click here.
Can the pass be used for national parks or city parks?
No, the pass is only valid for the over 200 participating state park units.
What happens if I lose the pass or the pass is stolen?
Please contact the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and let us know your pass was lost or stolen.
Do I have to pay for the Parks Pass?
No. The Parks Pass is free.