Registered users of participating Texas libraries can obtain a TexShare Card from their home institution and use the card to borrow materials directly from other participating libraries. Users must be in good standing at the home library and must have demonstrated compliance with the home library’s borrowing policies.
Currently, the UCPL allows any resident of Texas to receive a library card free of charge. Registered UCPL patrons over 18 years of age, have had a UCPL library card for at least three (3) months, and in good standing may apply for a TexShare card to be used to obtain borrowing privileges at other libraries free of charge. Please remember that each individual library sets its own rules and guidelines on how TexShare Card patrons can use the library and the rules vary considerably from library to library.
To apply for a TexShare Card, you must have a current UCPL card that has been in use for at least three months, be free of fines and have no overdue materials. Upon presentation of your library card and a valid photo ID, your library card application on file can be updated to include TexShare card privileges and you will be issued a TexShare card. The TexShare card can then be used at another participating TexShare library according to their lending policies. Any items borrowed from another library must be returned to that library and not to the UCPL. The TexShare card expires on the same date as the home library card.
Because the UCPL allows all residents of Texas to apply for a library card free of charge, TexShare cards are not needed to borrow items from the UCPL. Instead, if patrons present a TexShare card from another library, the patron will be asked to present a valid photo ID and proof of residence and asked to fill out an application for a UCPL card. Interlibrary loans are only available to Universal City residents with a current UCPL card.