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Public libraries no longer offer free state park pass

Public libraries no longer offer a free pass to Indiana's State Parks.

Posted: May. 2, 2018 5:43 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Public libraries no longer offer a free pass to Indiana's State Parks.

Back in Janurary 2017, Indiana libraries were given a pass to hand out to patrons. It was part of Indiana's Bicentennial celebration.

The pass could be checked out for up to three days of access to any state park, but the program was stopped at the beginning of 2018.

West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkle said the state pulled the plug because it wasn't generating enough visitors.

He said it was popular at the West Lafayette branch.

"If the state library and the state DNR can find a way to make this happen for local libraries as an opt in program, I think we'd be very
interested in being part of that program again," he said.

Schenkle said the pass was so popular, the library bought a second one. He said the state no longer allows public libraries to buy passes for check out.

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