Free bus passes for students

Spokane Public Schools students can get free rides all summer. The city's free bus ride program will run from June to September. It also includes free roller skate rentals from the Numerica Skate Ribbon and Skyride feature in Riverfront Park.

Students can pick up a free summer youth pass by showing their student ID at any of the city’s six library branches. The bus passes will be available starting June 13 and will be valid until Sept. 15.

The intent of the free bus passes is to help children whose parents can't drive them places during the day to access free city services, such as swimming pools, the library’s summer reading program, community centers and parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can check out a Spokane Youth Card?
For the 2019 pilot program, K-12 students who live in the City of Spokane can check out a Spokane Youth Card. Students can use their SPS-SPL Fine-Free Library Card or their Youth Library Card. Parents/guardians of students 10 years of age and under must sign a consent waiver to check out the Spokane Youth Card.

How can a student check out a Spokane Youth Card?
Students can go to any of Spokane Public Library’s six branches starting June 13 to check out a pass. SPS students need to know their student ID number and PIN, which is their 6-digit birthday. Others can use their Youth Library Cards.

Does the student need to show a student ID?
No. SPS students need to know their student ID number and their PIN, which is their 6-digit birthday. Others can use their Youth Library Cards.

When can students get a Spokane Youth Card?
Cards will be available for checkout starting June 13; the cards are active until September 15, 2019.

Is there a cost for the Spokane Youth Card?
No, it is free, but it has to be checked out.

Can High School Seniors check out a card?
Yes, high school seniors can check out the pass using their SPS Student ID number and PIN or by showing their Youth Library Card. They can use the pass through the summer after their senior year.

Do students have to return the card at the end of the summer?
No, there is no need for the cards to be returned to Spokane Public Library.

How many Spokane Youth Cards are available?
Initially, 4,000 cards have been ordered, but more can be ordered.

Will we order more cards if we run out?
We will watch the inventory closely in the first few days of availability. We will order more if we anticipate demand will outpace supply.

Can a parent check out a Spokane Youth Card for their child using their library card?
No, it must be checked out using the SPS-SPL Fine-Free Library Card or a Youth Library Card.