State Parks Pass checkout program renewed

Clemson Libraries has extended its partnership with the South Carolina State Parks system for another year, making State Parks Passes available for checkout through October 2023.

Ten passes are available for free admission to all 47 state parks across South Carolina. Seven of the passes will be available at the services desk at Cooper Library, two will be available at the Clemson Design Center Library in Charleston, and one will be available at a new branch library that will open soon at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus in Greenville.

The program has been a great success since it launched in October 2021, with passes checked out 240 times by 162 patrons over the course of the first year. Table Rock State Park and Devil’s Fork State Park were the most popular destinations. At least 15 patrons reported that it was their first time visiting a South Carolina State Park.

“The State Park Pass program is amazing and gives students not just an opportunity but an excuse to go out and experience the outdoors,” wrote one student who took advantage of the program last year. “Without the pass, I never would have gone on mountain hikes, and ever since my first trip to Table Rock, I go back at least once a month with my friends and with aid from the Clemson park passes.”

Passes can be checked out for three days at a time with no renewals, and only one pass may be checked out at a time. A fine of $1 per day will be assessed for passes that are returned late, and lost passes will result in a $100 replacement fee.

To reserve a pass, fill out the online request form and a library staff member will follow up to confirm availability of a pass for the requested dates.