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In partnership with California State Parks and the California State Library, free vehicle day-use passes are available for check out to help Californians access beautiful parks, beaches, forests, deserts, monuments, lakes, and rivers in the State Parks system.

Here's how it works:

green park passThe California State Library Park Pass provides free vehicle day-use entry into a participating state park unit, and you can visit more than one state park unit while you have the pass checked out. For detailed information, please visit CheckOutCAStateParks.com

  1. Check out a parks pass at the Moorpark City Library. Please check the catalog and see if a pass is available and/or place one on hold. 
  2. Plan your adventure! This is a vehicle day-use pass valid at 200+ participating state park units. A list of ineligible park units is available at CheckOutCAStateParks.com.
  3. Park for free at a participating California state park unit. Show pass to a uniformed state park employee, scan barcode on front pass at reader or display form 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 parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  5. Return pass to library. Please return the pass on time so other community members can explore the outdoors. If you finish your adventure before the due date, please consider returning the pass early so another adventure can begin!

FAQ

  • One pass per patron at a time.
  • Each pass can be checked out for 2 weeks with your library card and can not be renewed.
  • Holdable for Moorpark City Library cardholders only.
  • Return your pass by the due date for the next patron to check out.
  • No lost or overdue fees.

Is the pass valid at all 279 state parks?

  • No. The Library Parks Pass is valid for vehicle day use at 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, state vehicular recreation areas, parks not open to the public, for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), or at parks that do not require a day-use pass. 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. See a list of ineligible parks and full terms and conditions. Please note that many parks offer free entrance to patrons who visit on foot rather than by vehicle, and that vehicle-day use fees vary.

Does the pass cover camping fees?

  • No. The pass entitles the user to a free vehicle day use entry for one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at 200+ participating state park units.
  • Also, the pass is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, group use or sites, special events, additional/extra vehicle fees, sanitation disposal use or for supplemental fees.

Can more than one car or a bus use the pass?

  • No. Below you will find some details on the pass:
    • Valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at participating state park units.
    • Valid any day of the week, including holidays, if space is available. Pass does not guarantee parking space.
    • Pass does not provide access to State Vehicular Recreation Areas (off-highway vehicles parks).
    • Not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as Hearst Simeon State Historical Monument, Railroad Museum, etc.), camping, boat use fees, group use or sites, special events, oversized vehicle fees, additional/extra vehicle fees, swimming pool fees, sanitation disposal use, or for supplemental fees.
    • Valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at participating state park units.

Can the pass be used for national parks or city parks?

  • No, the pass is only valid within the 200+ participating state park units.

How many public libraries in the state?

  • Passes were sent to 1,184 public libraries in the state and all of them will receive a Library pass through this program.

What happens if I lose or my pass is stolen?

  • Please contact the Moorpark City Library and let them know your pass was lost or stolen. There are no lost or overdue fees.

How are these passes funded?

  • The 2021/22 State Budget included initiatives to advance equitable access to state parks and open spaces for all Californians. A $9.1 million one-time General Fund investment was included in the budget to launch a state parks pilot to expand parks pass distribution, especially for youth in disadvantaged communities. The pilot includes a “California State Park Adventure” program that provides free day use passes for fourth graders and their families, a California State Library Pass, and the revamped Golden Bear Pass Program with CDSS. Under the library pass program, scheduled to launch in April, State Parks will be providing physical passes to every public library in the state for checkout by library patrons.

What are the goals of the California State Library Parks Passes?

  • Advance safe and equitable access to state parks and open spaces for All Californians who have a library card at any public library statewide. By removing the economic barrier of vehicle day-use fees and connecting communities with their libraries, the benefits of parks will be expanded. Programming that complement the passes should also meet goals of health, natural resource stewardship, and historical and cultural connections through an equity lens.