The TexShare CARD...
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A TexShare CARD provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state.

If you’re a registered patron of a participating library, you may request a TexShare Card from your home library. You must be a patron in good standing and have demonstrated compliance with your library’s existing borrowing policies.

TexShare Cards are provided by your local public or academic library.
Use Find-A-Library to see if your library participates in the TexShare Card program and to see the eligibility requirements.

From Find-A-Library, you'll see your library's TexShare Card Lending Policy. The "Eligibility" section will include information on their policies and procedures for issuing you a car. For example, some libraries impose a waiting period between your initial registration as a borrower and issuing you a TexShare Card. Libraries may also refuse to issue TexShare Cards to borrowers who have unpaid fines or charges.

Each library also sets its own lending policies for visiting TexShare Card users.
Before you visit another library, use Find-A-Library to view its specific policies and restrictions. Many libraries restrict the type or number of materials that a visiting TexShare Card user may borrow. Others impose a minimum age requirement. Typically, libraries do not permit TexShare Card holders to download ebooks or eAudiobooks. Fines for late returns or lost materials apply to TexShare Card borrowers.

The first time you visit a library to use your TexShare Card, be sure to bring a photo ID, your library card from your home library, and your TexShare Card. You’ll be asked to complete a registration form in order to activate your borrowing privileges at that library.

You have responsibilities as a TexShare Card holder. You should become familiar with the policies and restrictions of the lending library, as failure to abide by library policies may result in revocation of your borrowing privileges. If a lending library reports that you have lost books or failed to pay fines, your home library may take appropriate action, including suspension of borrowing privileges at your home library and revocation of your TexShare Card.


Ask the staff at your local library for more information. Please note: Despite the name, a TexShare Card does not provide access to TexShare Databases.

Page last modified: December 31, 2014
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