A program aimed at boosting attendance at libraries and parks throughout the state will continue for another year. The Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program, developed by Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library, has been extended through 2017.
The program was originally created in celebration of the centennial year of Indiana State Parks. Beginning February 1, library districts across Indiana will have one of 240 state park passes available for check-out. The passes give access to Indiana’s 32 state parks as well as state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged.
"The State Library is excited about this extended partnership with Indiana State Parks," said State Librarian Jacob Speer. "The partnership gives library patrons an opportunity to explore the many beautiful state park locations across Indiana simply by using their library card to check-out the free passes."
Indiana State Parks says the program will be evaluated based on the number of times passes are checked out and how they are used. The program is funded in part by the Indiana State Library and local libraries may purchase additional passes to be made available for check-out as well.