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As of 3/25/2020, the TexShare Card Program has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

Update 8/7/2020: The TexShare Card Program will begin re-opening on a voluntary basis on August 15, 2020. Not all libraries will be able to participate fully in the program by that date, and there is no requirement that they do so.

Patrons should check library websites or contact the library by telephone or email prior to visiting in person. Policies are changing rapidly and library websites may not be up-to-date. See the guidelines below for general information about the program.

Patrons should follow all local health policies as well as guidance for library visitors from the Texas Department of State Health Services, found at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

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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.

1. Get Your TexShare Card

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. For eligibility requirements, please contact your library directly.

2. Use Your TexShare Card

Each library sets its own lending policies for visiting TexShare Card users. 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.

3. Enjoy Your TexShare Card... Responsibly

You have responsibilities as a TexShare Card holder. The reverse sign of the Card has an agreement you must sign and follow.

You should become familiar with the policies and restrictions of any lending library you use, 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 home library for more information.

Please note: A TexShare Card does not provide access to TexShare Databases or other online resources at libraries you visit. Please use the electronic resources available to you at your home library.

Page last modified: August 10, 2020