Library Parking Lot Permit Q & A

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UPDATE: New rules and regulations for the Library’s parking lot will go into effect on June 10, 2024. Registration for Library Parking Lot Permits is now open. Residents of the Saratoga Springs City School District who are library card holders in good standing may visit the library during our open hours to register. Please bring your library card or driver’s license, and your vehicle’s registration.

A Q & A about the new parking regulations and permit process is below.

What are the new LIBRARY PARKING LOT REGULATIONS?

  • Between 9am and 6pm, parking is restricted to Library Parking Lot Permit holders only.
  • Between 9am and 9pm, parking is free for Library Parking Lot Permit holders.
  • While the City of Saratoga Springs Seasonal Paid Parking Program is in effect, non-permit holders will pay $2 per hour or fraction thereof between 6pm and 9am, and all parkers will pay $2 per hour, or fraction thereof, between 9pm and 9am.

When do the new regulations go into effect?

  • The new regulations are anticipated to go into effect at the same time that the City of Saratoga Springs launches its Seasonal Paid Parking Program. Currently that date is June 10, 2024, but is subject to change.

Am I eligible for a LIBRARY PARKING LOT PERMIT?

You are eligible for a Library Parking Lot Permit if you meet the following criteria:

  • You live or own property within the Saratoga Springs City School District; or you are a member of the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library at the Ex Libris membership level, or higher; AND
  • You have a Saratoga Springs Public Library Card in good standing (card is not expired, and fines/fees under $50).

How do I obtain a LIBRARY PARKING LOT PERMIT?

To obtain a Library Parking Lot Permit, you must:

  • Come to the library during our open hours (generally Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun Noon-5pm, with some exceptions for holidays and special closings),
  • Bring your driver’s license and registration to prove your eligibility (if you don’t yet have a library card, this will likely also suffice as the ID requirement for obtaining one), and
  • Register for the permit at the Circulation Desk.
  • Names and addresses on all vehicle registrations must match the name and address associated with the library card account.

Will I get a sticker or a placard?

  • No. The permit is electronically linked to your license plate number, in the City’s permit database. Parking enforcement will use a digital license plate reader to scan for permit and other parking regulation compliance.

I have more than one vehicle. Do I need a permit for each one?

  • Yes. Because each permit is linked to a license plate associated with the permitted vehicle, each vehicle must be registered separately. You may register up to five vehicles. Names and addresses on all vehicle registrations must match the name and address associated with the library card account.

I have a City Resident Parking Permit or a Downtown Urban Core Worker Parking Permit, will this allow me to park in the Library Parking Lot?

  • No. Although the Library and the City are partnering on the permit process, the City’s parking permits allow parking in City-owned and operated lots, only; and the Library Parking Lot Permit only allows for parking in the Library-owned parking lot. Neither permit allows for parking at the parking garage at the Saratoga City Center, which is operated by the City Center.

Can I register for both a LIBRARY PARKING LOT PERMIT and a City Resident or Downtown Urban Core Worker Parking Permit?

  • It depends. Because they are residents of the Saratoga Springs City School District, everyone who is eligible for a City Resident Permit is also eligible for a Library Parking Lot Permit. Downtown Urban Core workers are eligible for a Library Parking Lot Permit if they meet the eligibility requirements previously outlined.

How do I register for a City Resident Parking Permit or a Downtown Urban Core Worker Parking Permit?

The City’s Permit Requirement and Paid Parking Program are seasonal. Is the LIBRARY PARKING LOT PERMIT requirement seasonal, too?

  • No. The Library Parking Lot will be restricted to Library Parking Lot Permit holders year around. Payment for parking during our closing hours will be limited to the City’s Paid Parking Program season.

Where do I park if I want to visit the Library and am not eligible for a LIBRARY PARKING LOT PERMIT?

  • There is free on-street parking in the vicinity of the library, particularly on Henry Street and the blocks to the east, but also on Broadway and some streets between Broadway and Putnam Street. Please be mindful of posted regulations, such as those regarding time limits and/or alternate side parking rules.
  • There are also two City-owned municipal parking lots across the street from each other, within a block of the Library: one at Spring Street with entrances from Henry and Putnam Streets; and one at Spring Street, with a lower level entrance on Putnam Street, and an upper level entrance on Phila Street. While the City’s Seasonal Paid Parking Program is in effect, the fee for City-owned lots is $2 per hour or fraction thereof.

Who is enforcing the new Library Parking Lot Regulations?

  • Enforcement of parking regulations is done by the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Penalties for violations are established by the City of Saratoga Springs.
Updated Wednesday, June 5, 2024