Facts at a Glance

  1. How many TexShare members are there?
     
  2. How many TexShare Databases are there?
     
  3. How many full-text titles do TexShare libraries get through the database program?
     
  4. Where does the database money come from?
     
  5. How much would it cost individual libraries to subscribe to the core set of TexShare Databases?
     
  6. How much are the TexShare Databases used?

  7. Do patrons really use the TexShare Cards?

1. How many TexShare members are there?

Total: 678 as of October 1, 2017

Breakdown:

  TexShare Members Card Program Participants Databases Program Participants
Academic - Community College 65 65 65
Academic - 4 Year Private 45 40 44
Academic - 4 Year Public 36 35 36
Academic - Medical/Health Science 12 10 12
Library of Clinical Medicine 3 2 3
Public Library 517 374 475
TexShare Affiliate 8 4 0

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2. How many TexShare Databases are there?

Total: 68

Breakdown (click on details link below for more information):

  • 9 General Information
  • 12 Books and Literature
  • 7 Business
  • 1 Career Development
  • 6 Genealogy and History
  • 6 Health and Medicine
  • 11 Homework and Education
  • 1 Language Learning
  • 1 Newspapers
  • 11 Science and Technology
  • 3 Spanish Language

(updated August 25, 2016)

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3. How many full-text titles to TexShare libraries get through the database program?

Full Text Journals 9,356,793
Newspapers & News 17,756,265
Reference Resources 33,341
Primary Source Documents 342,879
Primary Source Genealogy  Documents 4,340,449,106
EBSCO NetLibrary eBooks 28,281
ProQuest E-Libro eBooks 72,000
ProQuest SciTech eBooks 29,000

*as of October 15, 2016. Counts come from vendor supplied information.

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4. Where does the database money come from?

The TexShare Databases are funded by the State of Texas, TexShare member institutions, and a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. In state Fiscal Year 2017, member participation fees provided roughly one-quarter of the funding, with almost one half coming from state funds and the remaining amount from federal funds. The total cost of the TexShare electronic resources was slightly more than $9.25 million.

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5. How much would it cost individual libraries to subscribe to the core set of TexShare Databases?

It would have cost TexShare member libraries a total of  $119,843,545 to purchase the electronic resource subscriptions that were purchased by the TSLAC for $9,254,993 in state fiscal year 2017. 

For information on how much a particular TexShare library saves by participating in the TexShare database service, go to Find-A-Library and search for the library of interest. Select “TexShare Participation Summary Report” to see the value of TexShare to that library.

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6. How much are the TexShare Databases used?

In state fiscal year 2017, more than 76.5 million individual resource records were viewed by users of the TexShare Databases, and over 30 million articles, books, images, and other materials were accessed or downloaded. Individual libraries can request information about their patrons’ usage by contacting us at texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

7. Do patrons really use the TexShare Cards?

In state fiscal year 2017, more than 28,000 patrons of the 530 TexShare member libraries that participate in the Card program used their TexShare Cards to borrow more than 470,000 books, DVDs, and other items from other participating libraries. Only 356 of those items were not returned, for a total program cost to participating libraries of less than $14,000.

Contact TexShare

TexShare Coordinator
Texas State Library and Archives
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
512-463-5433 or 800-252-9386
512-936-2306 Fax
Email: texshare@tsl.texas.gov

Page last modified: October 26, 2017