Texas Libraries

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Texas Libraries are diverse and serve millions of people.

Libraries are instruments for innovation, success, and self-fulfillment. Their purpose is simple but profoundly important to communities, the state, and our nation: help individuals and society advance.

Libraries span the broad spectrum of education, cultural heritage, community service, and economic development. Libraries provide citizens with the resources, instruction, and technology to: expand their knowledge, stimulate their creativity and problem-solving skills, and apply their education to concrete actions for reaching life goals.

For statistics on Texas libraries, see Research and Statistics. See also A Pocket Guide.


Academic libraries serve our institutions of higher education. They are the foundation for research and innovation in all fields of study and are integral to the completion of coursework leading to degrees at all levels. The key mission of academic libraries is to support the research and teaching mission of their institutions through the delivery of services and the broadest array of resources.  

Public libraries (whether city or county) serve communities of all sizes and types. Wherever you live, there's likely to be a local public library nearby. As the name implies, public libraries serve the general public "from cradle to grave." Public libraries serve the diverse needs of communities and provide services ranging from preschool reading classes to workforce development. They are a place for people to come together in civic engagement and to have free access to the Internet.

School libraries are sophisticated 21 century learning environments in our K-12 campuses. They offer a full range of print and electronic resources to provide equal learning opportunities for all students. They are places where librarians, working in collaboration with teachers, help students develop essential reaching, researching, technological, and digital comprehension skills they will need to succeed in their education experience and throughout life.

Special libraries offer services  a specialized environment, such as universities, corporations, hospitals, the military, private businesses, and the government. Special libraries can serve particular populations, such as the blind and individuals with physical challenges, while others are dedicated to special collections, such as the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Special libraries are governed and funded by their parent institution or corporation.

For more information, contact Wendy Woodland.

Created on Mar 3, 2010 | Last updated October 06, 2016