Fun uses for your library card – besides getting books!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you great perks offered by the Huntington Beach Library that do not involve checking out physical books or other materials!  You will find out how to:

  • Get a free pass to state parks
  • Download e-books to read on your phone or mobile devise
  • Use a mobile hotspot (anywhere there’s a signal) to access Wi-Fi for free
  • Take a new class in subjects ranging from cooking to zoology 
  • Stream or download movies and music for FREE
  • Take advantage of job resources to assist with your search
  • Access veteran services
  • Make use of the popular Seed Library

This week, let’s take a trip to the park…

Your Huntington Beach library card can now get you a free vehicle day-use entry pass to 200 of the amazing parks operated by California State Parks.  In partnership with the First Partner’s Office and the California State Library, all Huntington Beach Public Library card holders can check out a state parks pass at their library.  If you don’t have a library card yet, visit your local Huntington Beach library branch to get one.  The library card and the park pass are free!  The pass is valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with a capacity of nine people or less, or one highway licensed motorcycle.   Passes can be checked out for three weeks, with no renewals.  While they can’t be “held” for patrons calling to inquire about availability, the passes can be placed on hold like a regular book

Due to limited supply, there is currently a waitlist for state parks passes.  Make sure your library account is up to date – only cards in good standing can check the passes out.  In addition to the reservable park passes, the Central Library and the four Huntington Beach branches, Main Street, Banning, Helen Murphy and Oak View also have a small collection of “lucky day” passes that can only be checked out for one week. Lucky day passes may only be checked out if one happens to be available when you visit the library, that’s why we call them lucky day passes.

Please be advised, not all California state parks accept the park pass, so be sure to check out the California State Parks website for information and availability.

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