Answered By: Andrea Schwartz Last Updated: Mar 18, 2017 Views: 309
Many Texas libraries—public and academic—participate in TexShare, a library consortium. If you have a Library Card from a library in the TexShare group, you may be eligible for a TexShare card. This acts as a voucher that can grant you borrowing privileges at other Texas libraries, including us.
Austin Public Library (APL) TexShare Cards are free, limited access cards for non-Austin residents who have an active TexShare Card from another library. With it, you get:
- 10 physical item checkouts (books, DVDs, etc.)
- 5 holds
- No interlibrary loan
- No Virtual Library (no OverDrive, hoopla, databases, etc.)
To get an APL TexShare Card:
- If you have a TexShare Card (the paper one from a different library), go to Step 2.
If you need a TexShare Card, contact your library to learn if it participates in TexShare and if you're eligible for a TexShare Card. This would be any Texas library other than us with which you have a Library Card.
If you don't have a Library Card anywhere or your library isn't in the TexShare program, find a TexShare library near you with this list of Metro Area Libraries or search here by city, county or zip. After selecting a library, look for this:
Visit that library's website or call them to learn specific requirements for getting a Library Card and a TexShare Card. Policies will vary.
- Visit any of our Library locations. You can fill out an online application in advance or an online or paper application on site.
- Show your paper TexShare card plus a valid/acceptable photo ID and proof of address. You will get your APL TexShare Card on the spot.