The TexShare Card Program

ATexShare Card provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state.

Graphic of the TexShare Card 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.

Use the Find-A-Library app to see if your home library participates in the TexShare Card Program. Your library may provide information on their policies and procedures for issuing you a card in the “Eligibility” section of their lending agreement. 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. If you cannot find information on your library’s policies or if you have questions, contact the library.

Each library also sets its own lending policies for visiting TexShare Card users, and you can use the Find-A-Library app to view each library’s 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. 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.

Despite the name, a TexShare Card does not provide access to TexShare Databases.

Ask the staff at your local library for more information.

Texas State Library and Archives
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927


Page last modified: September 9, 2013
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