Borrow an Empire Pass from the Rochester Public Library

The Monroe County Library System is proud to offer Empire Passes for New York State Parks, which allow users to borrow free admission passes to hundreds of New York State Parks. The Empire Pass is your ticket to the great outdoors!–swim, hike, fish, play; it’s all free!

For a full list of available passes see the library catalog here

Here’s how it works:

* Visit your participating local library and check out an Empire Pass- just like a book!

* Take the pass to a participating park and enjoy FREE admission!

* After you have enjoyed a great day, return the pass to the library.

Where to visit

The pass is usable at many New York State park facilities, such as Cayuga Lake, Letchworth, Stony Brook, Watkins Glen and Pine Grove Boat Launch. For a full list of locations around New York State visit the NYS Empire Pass website.

Using the Empire Pass

The Empire Pass permits unlimited vehicle access to most facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Each Empire Pass is usable for one motor vehicle, except those used in the business of transporting passengers for hire including public or private buses, shuttles, taxis, limousines or other livery vehicles. The Empire Pass will not be accepted if it has been altered in any way. The Empire Pass must be presented upon entry to the facility. Without the pass, you will be required to pay the vehicle entry fee. Lost or stolen passes will be reported to the New York State Parks and will be charged a replacement fee.

*Empire Passes are supported in part by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.*