TexShare Affiliate Membership


TexShare members include public and private universities and colleges, community colleges, public libraries, and libraries of clinical medicine. (See TexShare Eligibility for more information on current member categories.)  The TexShare Affiliate membership provides a structure for other kinds of nonprofit libraries to benefit from TexShare services and a process for adding new constituent groups to TexShare.
How affiliate membership differs from full membership. Affiliate membership differs from full membership in that:

  • Affiliate members do not qualify for TexTreasures grants
  • Affiliate members do not participate in the TexShare core databases; when vendor contracts allow, they may participate in TexSelect database offerings; affiliates may recommend e-resources for TexSelect by asking the Electronic Information Working Group to consider products for the program.
  • Affiliate members pay the full cost of participating in TexShare programs (no state or federal funding is applied).

How to Become a TexShare Affiliate Member

Joining TexShare as an Affiliate Membership is a multi-step process.

  1. Start with a group.  Prospective Affiliate members must first partner with one or more other similar libraries to form a collective. All members of a collective must be non-profit libraries. Types of collectives may include non-profit hospital libraries, county law libraries, non-profit K-12 libraries, museum libraries or any similar group.
  2. Petition TSLAC.  The collective’s application petition, using the petition form for collectives (Word Document),  must include these sections:

    • Description of the collective and criteria for member in it. Criteria should insure that each member meets appropriate accreditation standards, has a library with sharable resources, and has staff adequate to provide support to the library's participation in TexShare.
    • Explanation of how members of the collective will fund their participation and show how their membership would enhance resource sharing for all TexShare Libraries;
    • Indication of which TexShare programs the collective wishes to join.
  3. TexShare Advisory Board Review.  Petitions approved by the TSAB are forwarded with a recommendation to TSLAC’s Director and Librarian for final approval. Any collectives denied membership may appeal to the full Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  4. Individual Member Applications. Each member of the collective must apply for Affiliate Membership using the application form: (Word document). Application requires this information.

    • Proof that the library meets the criteria set up by the collective in step 2a above.
    • Indication of which TexShare programs the individual library wishes to join.
  5. Affiliate Membership. Libraries submitting successful individual applications are welcomed as new Affiliate Members of TexShare

The  Path to Full TexShare Membership

After two years, if the collective decides it would like to become a full TexShare member, the collective may petition for TexShare full membership status. Get the petition for full membership . (Word document) Steps include:

  1. Petition TexShare Advisory Board. A collective’s petition must show that:

    • The collective’s funding source is sustainable;
    • The collective’s members will actively participate in more than one TexShare program (an individual member may only participate in one program, but the collective as a whole must have members participating in more than one program);
    • The collective’s full membership in TexShare would benefit all TexShare member libraries.
  2. TexShare Advisory Board Review.  Petitions approved by the TSAB are forwarded with a recommendation to TSLAC’s Director and Librarian for final approval. Collectives denied membership may appeal to the full Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 
  3. Individual Membership Applications. Once a collective has been approved for full TexShare membership, each member of the collective may apply to the TexShare Advisory Board for full individual membership in the consortium.


Contact TexShare at texshare@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-5465.


Current TexShare Affiliate Members

Affiliate Group Group Description Date Admitted Members participating as TexShare Affiliates
Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN) Houston, Texas area private school libraries. Additional criteria apply. 4/5/2011 Ascension Episcopal School Library, Annunciation Orthodox School Library; Stein / Schechter Library of the Emery / Weiner School; Underwood Library of Episcopal High School;  Amelan Library of Houston Christian High School; Incarnate Word Academy Library; Moran Library, Kayem Library, Jacomini Family Library  of The Kinkaid School; Mary O’Donnell Quinn Memorial Library of Pope John XXIII High School; St. Anne Catholic School Library; St. Cecilia Catholic School Library; Crum Library of St. Francis Episcopal Day School; St. John’s School Library; Bramanti Library of St. Pius X High School; St. Thomas High School Learning Resource Center; Wolver-Anderson Library of Second Baptist School
Nonprofit Hospital Libraries of Texas A non-profit hospital library in Texas at a Joint Commission accredited or certified hospital. Additional criteria apply 4/6/2011 Covenant Medical Library of Covenant Health System; Methodist Hospital Library; VA North Texas Health Care System Medical Library; Sellers Health Sciences Library of the Hendrick Medical Center
S&T Libraries of South Texas Libraries of nonprofit scientific or technical research institutions in South Texas. Additional criteria apply. 9/29/2010 Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute 
Theological Libraries Consortium Undergraduate and graduate theological institutions. Additional criteria apply.  10/7/2013 B.H.Carroll Theological Institute; Houston Graduate School of Theology; Grace School of Theology; Redeemer Theological Seminary


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