Minnesota state parks library program

The Department of Natural Resources is collaborating with regional library systems across the state to provide free seven-day state park passes for checkout through June 2022. Our goal in offering this program is to provide a way for Minnesotans living in low-income communities across the state to visit state parks without the financial barrier of an entry fee.

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Participating libraries

At least one library from every regional library system in Minnesota is participating. Libraries have different numbers of passes available, based on population size of the communities they serve.

Library nameRegional library association

Cloquet Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Duluth Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Ely Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Grand Marais Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

International Falls Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Silver Bay Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Virginia Public Library

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Aitkin Public Library

East Central Regional Library

Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

East Central Regional Library

Mora Public Library

East Central Regional Library

Pine City Public Library

East Central Regional Library

Princeton Public Library

East Central Regional Library

Sandstone Public Library

East Central Regional Library

Foley Public Library

Great River Regional Library Association

Little Falls Public Library

Great River Regional Library Association

Long Prairie Public Library

Great River Regional Library Association

Staples Public Library

Great River Regional Library Association

Upsala Public Library

Great River Regional Library Association

East Lake Library

Hennepin County Library (MELSA)

Franklin Library

Hennepin County Library (MELSA)

Hosmer Library

Hennepin County Library (MELSA)

North Regional Library

Hennepin County Library (MELSA)

Webber Park

Hennepin County Library (MELSA)

Bemidji Public Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Blackduck Community Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Brainerd Public Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Park Rapids Public Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Pine River Public Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Wadena Public Library

Kitchigami Regional Library

Ada Public Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Bagley Public Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Crookston Public Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Detroit Lakes Public Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Mahnomen Public Library

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Godel Memorial Public Library

Northwest Regional Library

Greenbush Library

Northwest Regional Library

Grygla Library

Northwest Regional Library

Hallock Public Library

Northwest Regional Library

Karlstad Library

Northwest Regional Library

Red Lake Falls Library

Northwest Regional Library

Roseau Public Library

Northwest Regional Library

Thief River Falls Public Library

Northwest Regional Library

Warroad Library

Northwest Regional Library

Benson Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Canby Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Fairfax Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Granite Falls Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Montevideo Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Ortonville Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Willmar Public Library

Pioneerland Library System

Nobles County Library

Plum Creek Library System

North St. Paul

Ramsey County Library (MELSA)

Albert Lea Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Austin Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Blooming Prairie Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Owatonna Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Spring Valley Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Winona Public Library

Southern Libraries Cooperating

Arlington Hills Library

St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)

Rice Street Library

St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)

Riverview Library

St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)

Rondo Community Library

St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)

Sun Ray Library

St. Paul Public Library (MELSA)

Muir Public Library

Traverse de Sioux Regional Library Association

North Mankato Taylor Library

Traverse de Sioux Regional Library Association

Waseca Public Library

Traverse de Sioux Regional Library Association

Watonwan County Library

Traverse de Sioux Regional Library Association

Browns Valley Public Library

Viking Library System

Douglas County Library

Viking Library System

Fergus Falls Public Library

Viking Library System

Pelican Rapids Public Library

Viking Library System

How does it work?

While each library system may operate pass checkout a bit differently, all state park library passes will look the same and function the same way when you are at the park.

Specifically:

  • All state park passes expire after seven days.
  • Passes must be visibly displayed in your vehicle’s dashboard, so park staff can check validity and expiration date.
  • Passes do not need to be returned, just recycled. If your library includes additional books or equipment with your pass, please return those on time.
  • Check with your local library for more information and checkout policies.
  • Proof of income is not required and users will never be asked about their income by library or DNR staff.

Why isn't my library participating?

For 2021, eligible libraries included those located in a county where the median annual household income is $58,000 or less or if more than 40% of households are eligible for free or reduced lunch. We held a competitive application process to select participating libraries, and due to limited pass availability, not all applicants were selected. We hope to continue and expand the program in the future, upon evaluation.

More questions or comments?

Contact Arielle Courtney, Partnership Development Consultant
[email protected] or 651-259-5609