Library Development and Networking Division
Deborah Littrell, Director
The Library Development and Networking Division was created to expand public access to all libraries, assist libraries in supplying quality information services, and encourage Texans to learn about and use their libraries. The Division oversees programs and services that provide information and library materials through networks of Texas libraries and across the Internet with the following programs and services: Library Science Collection, TexShare; the TexNet Interlibrary Loan Network;and the Library of Texas. Serving all types of libraries, including public, academic, school, and special, this Division also provides consulting and continuing education services, and grant opportunities.
Programs and Services
The Library Science Collection (LSC) is a "librarian's library" with materials and information services to support the continuing education and training needs of Texas librarians, library staff, trustees, and laypersons in all types of libraries. Texas residents may register to borrow books and audiovisuals from the LSC, and request reference assistance by e-mail, telephone, fax, and in person.
Toll-free in Texas 800-252-9386 or 512-463-5468
TexShare is a statewide resource sharing consortium designed to enhance library services for Texas institutions of higher education and public libraries. Please click here for more information.
TexQuest is the statewide electronic instructional resource program for K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools.
Navigator Interlibrary Loan
This statewide interlibrary loan network includes public and academic libraries throughout Texas. Using the Texas Group Catalog and Navigator systems, libraries can provide patrons access to materials not available at their local library.
The TexShare databases provide public library patrons and government agency personnel access to exclusive and proprietary on-line reference sources including, digital books and journals; electronic discussion groups; library catalogs; and other valuable online databases that are not available anywhere else on the Internet. Please click here for more information.
The Library of Texas is an initiative that will make finding information easier and more accessible for the people of Texas. This initiative will allow for the searching of catalogs from libraries all across Texas. Searches will scan the catalog holdings of numerous libraries in Texas all at once, and will include print materials, electronically archived documents, and commercially available databases. For more information on all aspects of the Library of Texas, please go here.