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Limited Access Austin Public Library Cards

TexShare borrowing cardholders from other libraries have the option to apply in person for a free limited access Austin Public Library card by presenting a current/valid paper TexShare card from a participating library system, along with a valid/acceptable photo ID and proof of current residence address. TexShare cardholders are limited to borrowing physical materials only, with a maximum of 10 items checked out to their account at one time. TexShare cardholders will not be able to access Overdrive, ILL, or have remote access to the online databases or any of the other Virtual Library resources.

Limited access library cards will expire on the same date as the borrower's paper TexShare card (up to 1 year from the APL registration or renewal date) and must be renewed before privileges are restored. A current/valid TexShare card, photo ID and proof of address must be presented in order to renew the card and only accounts with $24.99 or less owed are eligible for renewal.

Please note that, per TexShare Program rules, paper TexShare Cards that have corrections will not be accepted.

TexShare Cards for APL Cardholders

Austin Public Library cardholders (resident and paid non-resident) who have had their Library Card for at least 6 months and are in good standing, are eligible to apply for a paper TexShare Card to borrow materials from other participating library systems. TexShare privileges may be revoked at any time by the borrower's home library or withheld by the lending library.

APL cardholders wanting a paper TexShare Card to use at a participating library system will need to contact Customer Service at 512-974-7475 or circ.link@austintexas.gov to find out how to apply. Cardholders will need to fill out a TexShare Agreement Form and will receive the TexShare Card via U.S. Mail in 7-10 days. The TexShare Card will be valid for up to 1 year.

An APL customer who uses a paper TexShare Card to obtain library privileges at another library will be required to observe and abide by all the regulations and policies of the lending library.

The TexShare cardholder will assume responsibility for all items checked out on and all library fees (including collections fees) incurred by the use of the TexShare Card.

For more information go to the TexShare Card Program website, or call 512-974-7475.