Visit California State Parks for FREE

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Park Passes Available at the Library

California is home to 280 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails. These state parks are for everyone. However, many Californians do not access these majestic locations due to barriers both financial and systemic. California State Parks and the California State Library are happy to announce an opportunity to advance safe and equitable outdoor access to all.

Thanks to this partnership between California State Parks and the California State Library, the San José Public Library (SJPL) has joined other public libraries across the state to offer free State Parks vehicle-day use passes.

Check out a pass at any SJPL location with your library card.

Note: Quantities are limited. Available on a first-come first-served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get a pass?
There are two ways to get a pass:

  • In-Person: Please check in with library staff to see if there is a pass available.
  • Place a Hold: We also have some reservable passes. Those requestable passes can be placed on hold.

Q. What does the pass cover?
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.

Q. Are all state parks accepting the pass?
There are over 200 California State Parks accepting the pass, but there are some that are not. Here is the link to ineligible park locations. Federal parks are not included in this program.

Q. Can I check out more than 1 pass?
No, there is a limit of one pass at a time on an account. You can check out the pass more than once.

Q. How do I return the pass?
Return the pass in its case to any SJPL location. If possible, we prefer passes to be returned to staff at the information desk during library operation hours. This can help prevent the item from being lost or damaged.

Q. How long can I keep a pass?

Passes can he checked out for a loan period of 3 week with no renewals.


This program and provided information was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library


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Submitted by Gowrima on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 8:33 PM


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I am on a vacation, but I'd like to get one of these passes as a SJPL patron. Please let me know if I can get it remotely.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/09/2022 - 2:59 PM


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"We will also have some passes that can be requested." This statement makes it sound as if there is already a waiting list, which there is none yet. Can it be modify until there is actually a waiting list activated? Thanks.

Submitted by Michael Gor on Sun, 04/10/2022 - 12:29 PM


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I can't seem to reserve the state park pass on the library website.

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Above it seems they are saying that in the future they will have passes you can place holds on. Right now you have to call in to the branch or ask in person.

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As of April, they could not be located in the catalog as they were not requestable. You can now search the catalog for "CA Parks Pass" and the requestable passes will show up, and you can place a hold on them.

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