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The Real Florida Reader

Florida Park Passes Program for Public Libraries

Sunset at Grayton Beach State Park, Pixabay

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities, the Division of Library and Information Services and Florida State Parks bring you The Real Florida Reader state park pass.

Summer is a great time to explore Florida. There are Oceans of Possibilities at your local library and Florida State Parks.


The Real Florida Reader state park pass is a summer-long program that provides Florida’s libraries with park passes to circulate.


The pass will be accepted at most Florida State Parks

Excludes Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs, Skyway Fishing Pier and Weeki Wachee Springs state parks.

It will not be accepted at local municipal or county parks, federal parks, state or national forests, state or national wildlife refuges, federal parks, national forests or national wildlife refuges.


Florida public library card holders can check out the Real Florida Reader state park pass at their local public library. If you don’t have a library card, visit your local public library to get one.


The project will launch just before Memorial Day 2022. The passes are good between May 21 and September 12, 2022.

Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, Pixabay


The Real Florida Reader state park pass allows single day-use entry for a single passenger vehicle (up to eight people).

It does not cover activity fees or entry into special events, museum or boat tours, instructor certification diving, boat launching, rentals of picnic pavilions and other facilities, rentals of equipment such as canoes and kayaks, overnight camping or lodging.


The Real Florida Reader is a statewide collaboration between the Division of Library and Information Services and Florida State Parks to encourage visitation to libraries and parks this summer.

It gives libraries a resource to help with their Summer Reading programs and strengthen their ties with their local State Parks. 

Checklist and information for libraries

Encourage patrons to share their stories using #RealFloridaReader. 


Myakka Floods by Rick Schwartz, at Myakka River State Park, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

During FY2024-25, the percentage of total costs for the BLDing Institutional Capacity program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $265,629. This program does not receive any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.