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Parks, library loan program in fourth year

The Billings County Pioneer of Medora, North Dakota

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department's Library Loan Program enters its fourth year as library patrons across North Dakota can "check out" a pass at a participating state public library allowing the holder with entrance to any North Dakota State Park, saving them the $5 daily entrance fee.

The Library Loan Program went into effect in May 2011, involving the 11 public libraries making up the Central Dakota Library Network. In the fall of 2013 the program expanded to nearly 90 North Dakota public libraries.

"We weren't sure what to expect when North Dakota Parks and Recreation worked with the State Library to provide the Library Pass Program," NDPRD Director Mark Zimmerman says. "But we've had nothing but good comments and successful results. My hope is that people that might not otherwise visit the state parks use the library pass as an opportunity to explore the 13 state parks and find out what they've been missing."

There is a limit of one pass per household and they can only be checked out by cardholders age 1 8 and older and in good standing with the library. The passes can be renewed after seven days if there is no one on a waiting list to use the pass. To check out a pass a library card must be presented. After seven days passes, are to be returned to the library circulation desk from where it was borrowed.

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Original Publication Date: June 18, 2015

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