Mission and Strategic Direction

TexShare is a cooperative program designed to improve service to Texans. Members include public libraries that are accredited, academic libraries, and libraries of clinical medicine. TexShare enables libraries to offer a broader range of materials and services than any single library can provide for its constituents.

TexShare Mission Statement

TexShare, a statewide consortium of academic libraries, public libraries, and libraries of clinical medicine administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, employs traditional and innovative strategies to resource sharing. Texshare is founded on the belief of Texas State officials and librarians that citizen health and well being is furthered by efficient information exchange in all communities and institutions where quality teaching, research excellence, and lifelong learning are valued. TexShare maximizes the effectiveness of library expenditures by enabling libraries to:

  • share staff expertise
  • share library resources in print and electronic formats, including books, journals, technical reports, and databases
  • pursue joint purchasing agreements for information services
  • encourage cooperative development and deployment of information resources and technologies

TexShare programs contribute to the intellectual productivity of Texans at the participating institutions by emphasizing access to rather than ownership of documents and other information sources.

TexShare Actions

1. Federal Funds Information

2. Legislative Appropriations Request - Texas State Library and Archives Commission

3. Library Legislative Action

  • Individuals and organizations inerested in legislative action concerning TexShare library services should contact the Texas Library Association

4. History of Database Funding

5. TexShare Cost Savings

6. Texas State Library and Archives Commission Strategic Plans

7. TexShare Frequently Asked Questions

8. Resource Sharing Strategic Planning

  • 2015 Texas Statewide Resource Sharing Summit - Rose Hayden and Ara Merjanian, RAH Consulting, Inc., facilitator - Report
  • 2012 Texas Statewide Resource Sharing Summit - Joseph Matthews, JRM Consulting, Inc., facilitator - Report (DOC)
  • 2008 TexShare Statewide Resource Sharing Summit - Maureen Sullivan, facilitator - Report
  • 2004 Texas Statewide Resource Sharing Strategic Planning Session - Ann Joslin, facilitator - Report
  • 2000 Strategic Planning for Resource Sharing in Texas - Nancy M. Bolt, facilitator - Report

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Contact TexShare

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

512-463-5465 or 800-252-9386 (Toll-free in Texas)
Email: texshare@tsl.texas.gov


Page last modified: February 3, 2016