County of Marin - News Releases - Library Parks Passes

For Immediate Release
April 05, 2017

Park Fees Waived if You Have a Library Card

Program designed to help residents for whom entrance fees pose a barrier

San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin has expanded a program that gives library card holders free entry into some of the most popular recreational locations in Marin.

A view of the pier at McNears Beach ParkMcNears Beach Park
The collaboration between the Marin County Free Library (MCFL), Marin County Parks and One Tam helps library patrons visit parks that they might not normally visit because of entrance fees. One-week parks passes are available for checkout at all of 10 MCFL branches and on its traveling Bookmobile.

The passes hang from a rear-view mirror of a vehicle and can be checked out at the following MCFL branches: Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, Stinson Beach, and the mobile Bookmobile that visits other areas of Marin. The passes can be placed on hold as well.

Among the locations included in the program are McNears Beach near San Rafael, Paradise Beach near Tiburon, Miller boat launch on Tomales Bay, Stafford Lake Park near Novato, and Black Point boat launch. In addition, pass holders can visit Marin Municipal Water District lands and Mount Tamalpais State Park through the partnership of the One Tam initiative of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

MCFL and Marin County Parks are just two County departments participating in new and impactful equity initiatives that erase economic well-being as a qualifier for enjoying County services. The program is intended for residents who consider park fees as a barrier to visitation, but it’s also to allow anyone to try out a park for the first time without having to pay.

Parks Director Max Korten and MCFL Director Sara Jones continue to look for ways to help every Marin resident obtain greater access to County services and facilities. 


Sara Jones
Marin County Free Library

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6051
Email: Sara Jones
Library website