Get a Library Account

There are two ways for Texas residents to become registered library patrons:

  1. Apply in person at the library with a valid form of Texas identification — see our library use policy for details about registering in person. Library cards obtained in person are valid for 1 year, can be renewed, and come with borrowing privileges.
  2. Apply for a library account online. Please note that you must be a Texas resident. Library accounts obtained via our online patron registration form will grant you access from home to certain library databases and our digital collection of e-books for a period of 6 months.

If your library account has expired but you require further access to our remote databases and e-books, you can renew in person or online through the online renewal form. Online renewals will grant you access for an additional 6 months. If you wish to check out materials in print or access our full set of library databases, you must come to the library in person and present a valid form of Texas identification.

In order to verify Texas residency using the internet, we require that you allow your browser to determine your location via geolocation. See this informational page for details about how geolocation works and which browsers are compatible.

When you click on the registration link below, your browser will request your permission to determine your location. If you do not wish to allow this, you cannot register for a library account online — you will have to visit the library in person.

If you are renewing, please note that the process is not immediate — library staff must review your application before your account is renewed. You should hear from us within one business day.

» Register for a library account online
» Renew your library account online for another 6 months

Research from Home

New! The library now offers many e-books for you to borrow from home using your library card number! You can browse for an e-book from our digital collection or you can access the digital collection directly with your library card number. E-books are available for a checkout period of either 3 or 7 days (depending on the type of material) and can be read online in your browser or downloaded to your e-book reader.

The list below only highlights some of the resources available to you from home. See our full list of databases here and look for the library card icon icon.

For our complete list of databases and resources, including those accessible while in the library, please visit our Electronic Database page.

Still have questions? Ask a Librarian!

page last updated: 12 Nov 2017 10:10 AM