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Eligibility for Free Full-Member Cards

In general, faculty, students and staff from Governing and Supporting Institutions of the Library, as well as members of the Harris County Medical Society are eligible for free Library cards. Bring your institutional identification badge to the Circulation Desk to obtain your card. Cards must be renewed yearly to insure uninterrupted service.

Health care providers who are not cardholders can receive some privileges through the Library’s role as the Regional Medical Library for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Organizations and individuals who wish to have borrowing and other membership privileges at the Library can do so through the Library Access Fee Program. Fees are listed below. All memberships are subject to an annual increase of 5% each fiscal year as illustrated in the table below. A fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31.

Membership Category
9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015
9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016
9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
New/Renewing Members
(1-5 cards)$5,657$5,940$6,237$6,549$6,876
(6–10 cards)$10,371$10,890$11,434$12,006$12,606
(11–15 cards)$12,391$13,011$13,662$14,345$15,062
(16–20 cards)$14,546$15,274$16,037$16,839$17,681
(21–30 cards)$16,612$17,442$18,314$19,230$20,192
(31-40 cards)$18,677$19,611$20,591$21,621$22,702
(41-50 cards)$20,652$21,685$22,769$23,908$25,103
(51-60 cards)$22,807$23,948$25,145$26,402$27,723
(>60 cards)This Level of membership will be negotiated separately
* New clients will join at the $10,371 rate for 1–10 cards. Above 10 cards, clients will be charged according to the fee structure for “renewing members.”
Other non-profit Institutions
(1-5 cards)$3,143$3,300$3,465$3,638$3,820
(> 5 cards)This Level of membership will be negotiated separately
Professional (health-related)$682$717$752$790$829
Faculty (non-affiliated institution)$682$717$752$790$829
Student (non-affiliated institution)$269$283$297$312$327
* Quarterly rates are available.