Now you can use your Kern Library card to check out a free vehicle day-use pass for 200+ California state parks.

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.

The First Partner’s Office, CA State Parks, and the California State Library are partnering to provide free vehicle day-use entry passes to over 200 participating California parks operated by State Parks available for library card holders to checkout from their local library.  

The California State Library Parks Pass is valid for entry of:

  • One passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less (or one highway licensed mortorcycle.)
  • Covers Day Use fees and Parking fees ONLY
  • Valid any day of the week, including holidays, if space is available. Pass does not guarantee parking space.
  • Does NOT cover other fees such as Camping, Tour Fees, Boat Launch, etc.


To use your free California State Library Parks Pass, follow these easy steps:

  1. Check out the pass at your local Kern County library. 
  2. Plan your adventure. The pass is valid at over 200 participating State Parks. Click here to search list of participating California State Parks. To see a list of parks not accepting the pass, click here.  
  3. Park for free at a participating California State Park. Show pass to a uniformed State Park employee, scan barcode on front of pass at reader or display from your vehicle’s rearview mirror. 
  4. Recreate Responsibly by finding out what precautions to take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time. Learn more at
  5. Return the pass to the library for others to use. 

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Please note: Account must be in good standing for checkout to occur. Only one pass per library card. Checkout period is up to TWO (2) weeks and there are NO renewals. This pass is not valid at units operated by federal or local government, private agencies or concessionaires.

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