Using the Library
Empire Passes for State Parks

The Monroe County Library System is proud to offer Empire Passes for New York State Parks, which allows 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!

Participating Libraries include:

Arnett Branch Library
Brighton Memorial Library
Brockport-Seymour Library
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
Charlotte Branch Library
Chili Public Library
East Rochester Public Library
Fairport Public Library
Frederick Douglass Community Library
Gates Public Library
Greece Public Library
Hamlin Public Library
Henrietta Public Library
Irondequoit Public Library
Lincoln Branch Library
Lyell Branch Library
Maplewood Community Library
Mendon Public Library
Monroe Branch Library
Mumford Branch Library
Newman Riga Library
Ogden Farmers’ Library
Parma Public Library
Penfield Public Library
Phillis Wheatley Community Library
Pittsford Community Library
Rush Public Library
Scottsville Free Library
Sully Branch Library
Webster Public Library
Winton Branch Library

Here’s how it works:

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

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. The Empire pass in useable for all motor vehicles 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.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library for their generous support of this program, available to everyone in Monroe County!