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The VC/UHV Library is committed to cooperation and resource sharing with libraries throughout the city, region and state.  We are members of the following consortia and contractual units:
A statewide consortium of academic and public libraries, TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. TexShare maximizes the expenditures of public funding by enabling libraries to share library resources in print and electronic formats, including over 40 electronic databases.  TexShare also sponsors a cooperative library lending program, courier service speeding interlibrary loan delivery, and a grant program, Texas Treasures, aimed at the electronic sharing of historical resources in Texas libraries.
Amigos is a regional consortium of libraries consisting of over 700 libraries and cultural institutions.  Amigos membership provides libraries with powerful consortium-based pricing for electronic resources, training, digital services.  Amigos is responsible for the VC/UHV Library's participation in the Amigos/netLibrary consortium, which purchased 18,000 electronic books titles.
OCLC is a nonprofit membership organization serving 40,102 libraries in 76 countries around the world.  It is the world's largest library consortium.  OCLC services provide cataloging tools, resource sharing tools (interlibrary loan), and access with participation in the WorldCat database.  The WorldCat database holds over 46 million cataloging records created by libraries around the world.  It is the world's largest library union catalog.