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Interlibrary Loan & TexShare

TexShare Cards

UMHB students, faculty, and staff may request a free TexShare Card from the UMHB Library. A TexShare Card provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across Texas. The first time you visit a library to use your TexShare Card, be sure to bring a photo ID, your library card from your home library, and your TexShare Card. You’ll be asked to complete a registration form in order to activate your borrowing privileges at that library.

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

Need a book or a journal article not in the library's collection? Our Interlibrary Loan department may be able to borrow the book or request the article from another library.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with one of our Reference Librarians prior to requesting an item through ILL.
  • Reference Librarians can save you time and money by helping you find the resources you need both online and in the library.
  • Contact Shiloh Fulton, ILL Manager, at or at (254) 295-5004, with questions about ILL.

*While our ILL department successfully fills the majority of ILL requests, we cannot guarantee that every ILL order will be filled.

Are there limits and fees for Interlibrary Loan services?


  • You are limited to 5 ILL requests per week.
  • You will be charged 50 cents per ordered ILL item.
  • Work with a librarian prior to ordering ILLs and avoid the 50 cent fee.
  • Fees are charged upon RECEIPT of ordered items.
  • There is no charge for ILL orders the library cannot fill.

Graduate students:

  • You are limited to 10 ILL requests per week.
  • You will not be charged to order ILL items.

Faculty and staff:

  • There are no limits on items ordered.
  • There is no charge to order ILL items.

Overdue fees apply for ILL items; fees are 50 cents per day.

How long does it usually take to get items through ILL?

  • Plan on 7 - 14 day turnaround time.
  • You will be notified when the library receives your requested materials.
  • Please provide a working e-mail address as an article may be e-mailed to you as a PDF.
  • Books and hard copy articles will be held at the Circulation Desk and must be picked up within 3 weeks of notification.
  • Items not picked up will be removed or returned to the lender and appropriate fees added to your library account.

Other ILL fees may apply

  • If a lending library indicates a fee (usually $10-$15), these charges will be the patron's responsibility.
  • Please indicate on the order form the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item. If you choose $0, we will only request the item from free lenders.
  • In some cases this may reduce your chances of getting an item (for example, most medical/nursing libraries charge ILL fees).
  • In the majority of cases, items can be obtained at no additional cost outside the 50 cent fee charged to undergraduates.

Page last updated November 23, 2021