School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is directed to develop school library standards in Section 33.021, Texas Education Code:

  • Voluntary standards for school library services, other than collection development (13 TAC §4.1), and
  • Mandatory standards for school library collection development (13 TAC §4.2).

Mandatory Collection Development Standards

As required by House Bill 900, 88th R.S. (2023), TSLAC has adopted mandatory collection development standards for school libraries. Each Texas public school district board or governing body must approve and institute a collection development policy that describes the processes and standards by which a school library acquires, maintains, and withdraws materials as outlined in the standards.

Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) received by TSLAC regarding the collection development standards. (Download a printer-friendly version of the FAQs.) Additionally, TSLAC has developed a checklist to assist districts in developing or revising their collection development policies.

Voluntary School Library Standards

Voluntary School Library Program Standards (PDF) were revised and adopted by the Commission on March 9, 2018. The revised standards establish guidelines for school library programs at five levels: distinguished, accomplished, proficient, developing, and improvement needed.

Page last modified: April 22, 2024