Library State Park Passes: A Field Guide

Published on May 21, 2024

woman and dog hiking on a trail

By Allie

Hiking boots? Check. Picnic lunch? Check. Library card? That’s right. You can choose your own adventure by checking out a South Dakota State Park Pass! Before you hit the trails, here’s everything you need to know. 

What is included in a library State Park Pass? 

Each library State Park Pass includes one passenger vehicle tag, which includes park pass guidelines and a QR code survey. Also available are South Dakota State Park and Recreation Area handbooks. 

How do I place a hold? 

Use our online catalog to look up “State Park Pass.” Log in with your library card number and select which Siouxland Libraries branch you’d like to pick it up at. We’ll notify you when it’s ready.  

Can I pick them up at any library? 

Yes! You can place a hold request and have a State Park Pass transferred to any Siouxland Libraries branch. When your hold is ready, you will receive a text or email notification. The hold will be available for seven days, so you can pick it up on whichever day of the week is best for you. 

Where can I find them? 

Holds can be picked up at any Siouxland Libraries branch. Some passes are reserved strictly on a first-come, first-served basis; these can be found at the Sioux Falls Branches (Downtown, Caille, Oak View, Prairie West, Ronning), as well as the Brandon and Crooks Branches.  

Where do I return the pass I checked out?

Passes can be returned at any Siouxland Libraries branch.

How many park passes does the library have?

Siouxland Libraries currently owns 20 park passes.

What is the loan period for a State Park Pass? 

State Park Passes check out for three days, with no renewals or consecutive checkouts permitted.

Which parks can I visit with a State Park Pass? 

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks has an interactive map of all the State Parks. Click on any location to find more information about park hours and amenities.  

This is awesome!  

It’s totally awesome! Library park passes are offered through the Check Out South Dakota State Parks partnership between the South Dakota State Library and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.

What other special collections do you have? 

We offer several special collections for all ages to check out non-traditional items: Toy Lending Library bins, Power Check Meters, Adventure Kits, and more—all free to use with your library card.  


We hope you enjoy hitting the trails with a library State Park Pass! In the meantime, you can always read your way through South Dakota, the Great Plains, and the National Parks.  

Happy travels! 



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Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman 





Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands by John T. Price.  





Great Outdoors U.S.A.: 1,000 Adventures Across All 50 States





A thinking person’s guide to America’s National Parks




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