Minnesota state parks library program

About the program

The Department of Natural Resources is collaborating with public libraries across the state to provide free seven-day state park passes for checkout through June 2025. 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

Effective June 2022, passes are available at every regional public library system in Minnesota, including two unaffiliated libraries. Each library has between one and four passes available for check-out, based on the size of their community. In some cases, a library is considered a participant because their system allows transfers between branches, but they may not actually administer the passes at that location.

County

Library Name

Address

Regional library association

AitkinMcGregor Public Library111 E Center Ave, PO Box 56, McGregor, MN 55760East Central Regional Library
AitkinAitkin Public Library110 First Ave NE. Aitkin, MN 56431East Central Regional Library
AnokaColumbia Heights Public Library3939 NE Central Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421Metropolitan Library Service Agency
AnokaMississippi Library410 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432Metropolitan Library Service Agency
BeckerDetroit Lakes Public Library1000 Washington Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501Lake Agassiz Regional Library
BeltramiBlackduck Community Library72 1st St SE, Blackduck, MN 56630Kitchigami Regional Library
BeltramiBemidji Public Library509 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601Kitchigami Regional Library
BentonFoley Public Library251 North 4th Ave. Foley, MN 56329Great River Regional Library
Big StoneGraceville Public Library415 Studdart Ave, Graceville, MN 56240Pioneerland Library System
Big StoneOrtonville Public Library412 2nd St NW. Ortonville, MN 56278Pioneerland Library System
CarltonCloquet Public Library320 14th St. Cloquet, MN 55720Arrowhead Regional Library System
CassCass Lake Community Library223 Cedar Ave, P.O. Box 836, Cass Lake, MN 56633Kitchigami Regional Library
CassPine River Public Library212 Park Ave, Pine River, MN 56474Kitchigami Regional Library
ChippewaMontevideo Public Library224 S 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265Pioneerland Library System
ClayMoorhead Public Library118 5th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560Lake Agassiz Regional Library
ClearwaterBagley Public Library79 Spencer Ave SW. Bagley, MN 56621Lake Agassiz Regional Library
CookGrand Marais Public Library104 2nd Avenue West, Grand Marais, MN 55604Arrowhead Regional Library System
CottonwoodWindom Library904 4th Ave, Windom, MN 56101Plum Creek Library System
Crow WingBrainerd Public Library416 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401Kitchigami Regional Library
Crow WingJessie F. Hallett Memorial Library (Crosby)101 1st St SE, Crosby, MN 56441Unaffiliated
DodgeBlooming Prairie Public Library138 Highway Ave. South PO Box 187 Blooming Prairie, MN 55917Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
DouglasDouglas County Library720 Fillmore St. Alexandria, MN 56308Viking Library System
FairbaultMuir Public Library36 Main Street, North, PO Box 218, Winnebago, MN 56098Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
FillmoreSpring Valley Public Library121 West Jefferson Street, Spring Valley, MN 55975Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
FreebornAlbert Lea Public Library211 E Clark Street Albert Lea, MN 56007Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
HennepinFranklin Library1314 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinHosmer Library347 E 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinNorth Regional Library1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinWebber Park4440 N Humboldt Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinEast Lake Library2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinAugsburg Park Library7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield, MN 55423Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinBrookdale Library6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HennepinBrooklyn Park Library8500 W. Broadway Ave., Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445Metropolitan Library Service Agency
HubbardPark Rapids Public Library210 1st St W, Park Rapids, MN 56470Kitchigami Regional Library
JacksonJackson County Library System (3 locations)311 3rd St, Jackson, MN 56143Plum Creek Library System
KanabecMora Public Library200 Maple Ave. W. Mora, MN 55051East Central Regional Library
KandiyohiWillmar Public Library410 5th St SW. Willmar, MN 56201Pioneerland Library System
KittsonGrygla Library127 Main Ave, Grygla, MN 56727Northwest Regional Library
KittsonKarlstad Library104 1st St S , Karlstad, MN 56732Northwest Regional Library
KittsonHallock Public Library163 3rd St S. Hallock, MN 56728Northwest Regional Library
KoochichingInternational Falls Public Library750 4th St. International Falls, MN 56649Arrowhead Regional Library System
LakeSilver Bay Public Library9 Davis Dr. Silver Bay, MN 55614Arrowhead Regional Library System
Lake of the WoodsBaudette Public Library110 1st St SW, Baudette, MN 56623Arrowhead Regional Library System
LincolnTyler Public Library230 Tyler St. N., PO Box L, Tyler, MN 56178Plum Creek Library System
LyonMarshall Lyon County Library201 C St, Marshall, MN 56258Plum Creek Library System
MahnomenMahnomen Public Library203 Main Street South, Mahnomen, MN 56557Lake Agassiz Regional Library
MarshallGodel Memorial Public Library314 E Johnson Ave. Warren, MN 56762Northwest Regional Library
MartinMartin County Library - Fairmont110 N Park St, Fairmont, MN 56031Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
MeekerGrove City Library210 Atlantic Ave W, Grove City, MN 56243Pioneerland Library System
Mille LacsMilaca Community Library235 1st St. East, Milaca, MN 56353East Central Regional Library
Mille LacsMille Lacs Lake Community Library285 Second Ave. S. Isle, MN 56342East Central Regional Library
Mille LacsPrinceton Public Library100 4th Ave. S. Princeton, MN 55371East Central Regional Library
MorrisonLittle Falls Public Library108 NE 3rd Street Little Falls, MN 56345Great River Regional Library
MorrisonUpsala Public Library117 Main St. Upsala, MN 56384Great River Regional Library
MowerAustin Public Library323 4th Ave. NE Austin, MN 55912Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
NicolletNorth Mankato Taylor Library1001 Belgrade Ave, North Mankato, MN 56003Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
NoblesNobles County Library407 12th St. Worthington, MN 56187Plum Creek Library System
NormanAda Public Library107 4th Ave E. Ada, MN 56510Lake Agassiz Regional Library
OlmstedRochester Public Library101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Otter TailPelican Rapids Public Library25 West Mill St. Pelican Rapids, MN 56572Viking Library System
Otter TailFergus Falls Public Library205 E. Hampden Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537Viking Library System
PenningtonThief River Falls Public Library102 First St E. Thief River Falls, MN 56701Northwest Regional Library
PineHinckley Public Library106 1st Street SE, Hinckley, MN 55037East Central Regional Library
PineSandstone Public Library119 North Fourth St. PO Box 599 Sandstone, MN 55072East Central Regional Library
PinePine City Public Library300 Fifth St. Pine City, MN 55063East Central Regional Library
PolkCrookston Public Library110 Ash N. Crookston, MN 56716Lake Agassiz Regional Library
PolkEast Grand Forks Campbell Library422 4th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721Unaffiliated
RamseyRiverview Library1 E. George St. Saint Paul, MN 55107Metropolitan Library Service Agency
RamseyArlington Hills Library1200 Payne Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55130Metropolitan Library Service Agency
RamseyRice Street Library1011 Rice Street Saint Paul, MN 55117Metropolitan Library Service Agency
RamseySun Ray Library2105 Wilson Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55119Metropolitan Library Service Agency
RamseyNorth St. Paul2300 N St Paul Dr, North St Paul, MN 55109Metropolitan Library Service Agency
RamseyRondo Community Library461 N. Dale Saint Paul, MN 55103Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Red LakeRed Lake Falls Library105 Champagne Ave SW, Red Lake Falls, MN 56750Northwest Regional Library
RedwoodLamberton Library101 2nd Ave E, Lamberton, MN 56152Plum Creek Library System
RedwoodMorgan Public Library210 Vernon Ave, Morgan, MN 56266Plum Creek Library System
RenvilleFairfax Public Library101 1st Street SE. Fairfax, MN 55332Pioneerland Library System
RiceBuckham Memorial Library (Faribault)11 E. Division St., Faribault, MN 55021Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
RockRock County Community Library201 W. Main St., Luverne, MN 56156Plum Creek Library System
RoseauGreenbush Library234 Main Street North, Greenbush, MN 56726Northwest Regional Library
RoseauWarroad Library202 Main Ave NE, Warroad, MN 56763Northwest Regional Library
RoseauRoseau Public Library121 Center St E. Roseau, MN 56751Northwest Regional Library
St. LouisCook Public Library103 South River Street PO Box 126 Cook, MN 55723Arrowhead Regional Library System
St. LouisEly Public Library224 E Chapman Street, Ely, MN 55731Arrowhead Regional Library System
St. LouisVirginia Public Library215 5th Street S. Virginia, MN 55792Arrowhead Regional Library System
St. LouisDuluth Public Library520 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802Arrowhead Regional Library System
StearnsSt. Cloud Public Library1300 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56301Great River Regional Library
SteeleOwatonna Public Library105 N. Elm Ave. Owatonna, MN 55060Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
SwiftBenson Public Library200 N 13th Street Benson, MN 56215Pioneerland Library System
ToddLong Prairie Public Library42 Third Street North Ste. 1 Long Prairie, MN 56347Great River Regional Library
ToddStaples Public Library122 6th St. NE Staples, MN 56479Great River Regional Library
TraverseBrowns Valley Public Library15 Third St. S. Browns Valley, MN 56219Viking Library System
WadenaWadena Public Library304 1st St SW, Wadena, MN 56482Kitchigami Regional Library
WasecaWaseca Public Library408 North State Street Waseca, MN 56093Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
WatonwanButterfield Library111 2nd St, Butterfield, MN 56120Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
WatonwanWatonwan County Library125 5th St. S. Saint James, MN 56081Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
WinonaWinona Public Library151 W. 5th Street, Winona, MN 55987Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Yellow MedicineCanby Public Library110 Oscar Ave N. Canby, MN 56220Pioneerland Library System
Yellow MedicineGranite Falls Public Library155 7th Ave. Granite Falls, MN 56241Pioneerland 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?

Participating libraries are in a city or county where the median annual household income is $58,000 and/or schools nearby the library have more than 40% of students enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Because state park vehicle permit revenue is an essential part of the DNR’s budget that supports maintaining facilities, trails, and natural resources, the program prioritizes offering much-needed access to Minnesotans that may not otherwise be able to afford a park visit. We continue to evaluate the program’s impact and whether there are other funding opportunities to expand the library program in the future.

More questions or comments?

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