Books aren't the only thing patrons can check out at the Owatonna Public Library (OPL) and Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL) this year!

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OPL and BPBL are participating in the Minnesota State Parks Library Program that will run through June 30th, 2022. In other words, you can now rent a seven-day state park pass!

The pass goes on your vehicle's windshield upon entry into any Minnesota state park. After the seven-day period, you can recycle your pass. There is no need to return it.

OPL has two passes available, and BPBL has one. If interested in renting a pass, search your library catalog for 'state park pass' or call 507-444-2460. Your name will then be added to a waiting list. Once a park pass is available, library staff will notify you.

Unfortunately, you can't 'reserve' a pass for a specific week, which may make planning hard, but I promise it is still worth it. 

You have to check out your pass within 48 hours of the notification, or else the next person on the waiting list will receive a call. 

Based on the success, the program may be expanded and continued. Participants can provide feedback by filling out this survey.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website states:

"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."

For a full list of state parks, click here.

For more information, contact OPL at 507-444-2460 or BPBL at 507-583-7750, or visit

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