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Interlibrary Loan or TexShare?

Interlibrary Loan and Texshare are two free methods available to obtain items that San Antonio Public Library does not own. 

Interlibrary Loan is recommended in cases when:

  • You'd rather not travel to another library in person.
  • You don't mind waiting a few weeks for your items to arrive.
  • The item you need is within the United States, but not nearby.
  • You'd rather pick up and drop off the item you borrowed at your local SAPL branch.

Texshare  is recommended in cases when:

  • You really need the item as soon as possible.
  • You are willing to travel to another library to pick the item up.
  • You don't mind traveling to return the item to the library that lent it to you.


What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) allows San Antonio Public Library cardholders to request books, articles, books-on-tape, microfilm, and other materials from other libraries.  

Please check the library catalog before requesting materials through ILL. Requests for items owned by San Antonio Public Library will be cancelled even if the material is available for library-use only.

These materials are borrowed from libraries inside and outside of Texas, within the United States. It may take from 2 to 12 weeks to obtain the materials. You may place an ILL request in person at any branch or at the Central Library; or by calling (210)207-2500. You can also request items by using Navigator. Find the item you would like to request and then click on the "Request Item" link listed next to that item.

ILL is a free service for customers with a valid library card. You will not be able to place an ILL request if you have overdue items or unpaid fines.

Materials not available through ILL:

  • feature films, television series, and music CDs
  • items owned by the San Antonio Public Library including reference materials available at any location.
  • Texana/Genealogy materials, telephone directories, special collection materials (Latino, etc), or complete issues of periodicals or newspapers.
  • ebooks

Texshare Cards

TexShare is a statewide library card for registered users of participating libraries. The purpose is to allow registered users to have access to library materials not available at their local public or academic libraries.

Getting your TexShare card in person:

If already a San Antonio Public Library card holder:

  • Stop by any San Antonio Public Library Location. 
  • Let a staff member know you are interested in obtaining a TexShare card 
  • Provide your San Antonio Public Library card and photo ID and proof of current address – like your driver’s license. 
  • There is no separate application necessary, only a need to re-verify your information on your San Antonio Public Library card