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Explore San Diego & California

San Diego Public Library encourages library users to get out and explore the great outdoors and other iconic sites. Because everyone deserves to enjoy our sites, the library is proud to offer SDPL card holders access to a variety of programs, resources and materials.
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CA State Library Parks Pass

In collaboration with the First Partner’s Office and the California State Library, California State Parks is providing free vehicle passes to over 200 participating state parks. The California State Library Parks Pass permits entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one motorcycle. This initiative is part of a three-year pilot program beginning in April 2022.
 
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. By reducing barriers to park access and partnering with state parks, SDPL can help more San Diegans explore the outdoors and generate positive impacts in the areas of health, stewardship and cultural connections.
 
With a library card, patrons may reserve a pass and have it sent to any San Diego Public Library location by calling their local library or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Due to the long hold wait times for Park Passes we have also added 3 non-holdable Park Passes at each library location. These non-holdable Park Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be returned to the location where it is checked out. The lending period for the CA State Library Park Passes is 14 days and the pass is non-renewable. 
 

CA State Library Parks Pass

 

Discover & Go

Explore local San Diego museums, cultural sites and more for FREE with San Diego Public Library’s Discover & Go program. Active users may reserve family day passes to some of the City’s biggest attractions, including the New Children’s Museum, Skateworld and even tickets to select San Diego State University games.

Discover & Go Program

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Check Out Nature Backpacks

Check Out Nature Backpacks are a jump-start to getting into nearby nature. The packs can be borrowed from the San Diego Public Library like a book and include field guides, activity books, binoculars, bug kits, and more. The packs can be borrowed at seven participating branches or by placing a reserve request to have one delivered to another San Diego Public Library location.
 

Reserve a Check Out Nature Backpack

 
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Backpack with various nature tools