Indiana residents might have easier access to state parks in the coming year if they visit their local library.
The Indiana State Library says state park admission passes have been placed in circulation for check-out, with at least one at each of the state's 240 public libraries.
That means library users who check out the passes can get into 32 state parks and state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. The passes will be available throughout 2016 starting on Friday. Checkout duration for the passes may vary by site.
The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library. It's being done to commemorate Indiana's bicentennial.
The state library helped pay for the parks pass program. Some local libraries may buy additional passes, too. State Parks officials said the goal is to provide access to parks for those who may never have visited.