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Posted on: July 23, 2020

‘Check Out Washington’ to expand this summer

Discover Pass checkout program resumes as libraries reopen

OLYMPIA – July 21, 2020 – As state parks and public libraries begin to reopen, Washington State Parks and the Washington State Library have resumed the popular Check Out Washington program in libraries across the state.

Check Out Washington - Discover Pass Hang tagCheck Out Washington allows patrons of participating libraries to borrow a Discover Pass for one week. The program, which launched last year in 37 library locations, now serves nearly 175 library locations in most parts of the state. Library cardholders may use the pass to access parks and recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

“We are resuming and expanding Check Out Washington to give people who may not have the means to purchase their own Discover Pass an opportunity to visit some of our beautiful parks and lands,” said Washington State Deputy Librarian Crystal Rowe.

Last year, libraries lent activity backpacks with binoculars, field guides and Discover Passes. Most will lend the pass by itself this summer due to sanitation needs between uses. People can contact their local participating library for more information.

  • Find a list of participating libraries or contact your local participating library.
  • Learn more about Check Out Washington.

In addition to Check Out Washington, several libraries offer pass programs through which patrons can visit museums and other cultural attractions at no charge.

News media contacts:
Meryl Lassen, Washington State Parks (360) 902-8557
Kylee Zabel, Office of the Secretary of State, (360) 902-4140


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

About Washington State Library

The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is committed to connecting Washington through the power of libraries. It builds prosperous and informed communities by providing technology, access to information, resources, and professional support to librarians and/or citizens across the state. The Library also works hard to collect, preserve and make accessible materials on the government, history, culture and natural resources of the state. Finally, through its branch services, the library supports the information needs of residents in state institutions and those who cannot read standard print.

 News release number: 20-036

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