Two people walking on a trail wearing backpacks, with text that reads: Visit Sonoma County Parks with your Library Card!

Use Your Library Card to “Check Out” the Great Outdoors

Do you know that in addition to checking out books and DVDs at your local library, Sonoma County Library also provides materials to help you enjoy the great outdoors?

The library is proud to participate in two initiatives that provide greater access to both regional and state parks, via our California State Parks Pass program and our Regional Parks Discovery Backpacks.

State Park passes provide free entry for up to four individuals to any participating state park and ensure that even those facing financial constraints can revel in the state’s unparalleled natural splendor.

State Park passes are available for checkout at all our branches and have a 21-day loan period, allowing entry to multiple parks during the three-week checkout period. Our Parks Pass program is extremely popular—Sonoma County Library ranks fifth in total circulation for parks passes, and fifth in holds compared to all other public libraries in California. These incredible statistics demonstrate how much Sonoma County residents love our parks and cherish our abundant natural beauty. Sonoma County Library currently has 393 State Park passes available with no waiting list, so get your parks pass today!

In addition to our State Parks Pass program, Sonoma County Library also offers entry to regional parks with our Regional Parks Discovery Backpacks.

Developed in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, the backpacks include a parking pass good at all 56 regional parks, a parks map, trail itineraries, hiking tips, wildlife guides, and other information to enjoy self-guided adventures in the parks. Each pack is available for check out for 21 days and includes materials in English and Spanish.

You can learn more about these programs by visiting your local branch or

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