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“Although a lot of the information is available online, there is no replacement for the hands-on experience of spending an evening with other genealogists and the wonderful staff.”

Programs, Exhibits and Services


Contains entries for many of the holdings of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the State Law Library, and the library of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Disability Information

The Disability Information and Referral Center of the Talking Book Program houses information and materials on types of disabilities and health conditions, as well as related organizations, publications, products, and technology.

This is a free reference service provided for anyone with a disability-related question. You do not have to be a member of the Talking Book Program in order to use the services provided by the DIRC.

Find a Library

With more than 1,000 libraries and branches across the state, there's always a TexShare library near you!

TexShare libraries work together to offer patrons exclusive e-content, online education and career advancement tools, and expanded borrowing privileges.

Lobby Exhibits

Highlights of periodically changing exhibits mounted in the lobby gallery of the Lorenzo de Zavala building.

Online Exhibits

Dynamic displays of rare and unique items, with historical narratives, transcriptions, and links for further research.

Public Information Act Requests

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records. An officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public, though certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.

Reference Services

To assist in locating or receiving needed information as quickly as possible, we've listed some of our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not included, instructions are provided for contacting our staff of information professionals.

Talking Book Program

The Talking Book Program is a free service that loans books and magazines to people who cannot read standard print publications because of visual, physical or reading disabilities.

Texas Government Website Archive (TRAIL)

TRAIL searches and locates information collected in an archive of more than 180 Texas state agency web servers.

TexShare Card

The TexShare card program is a reciprocal borrowing program. It is designed to allow the registered users of participating institutions to directly borrow materials from the libraries of other participating institutions.

TexShare Databases

TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise.


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