Gibson Lewis Library
  • A guest membership card (also known as HSC badge)
  • Access to Lewis Library’s building and spaces, including the Social, Collaborative, and Quiet Study floors
  • The ability to borrow most physical materials in Lewis Library’s collection
  • Access while on campus to our entire online library collection that includes thousands of journals and e-Books (ethernet cable required, but available to checkout)
  • Support from library team members for assistance in getting started in your search for information by visiting LIB-222
  • An online webpage specifically for guests accessible from anywhere


UNTHSC alumni can apply for a guest membership free of charge.  The membership will need to be renewed on an annual basis.  A valid driver license or state issued ID is required.


For Guests who have obtained a TexShare card from a participating Texas Library, membership with Lewis Library is free of charge. Please bring your photo ID and TexShare card from your local public library or from your college/university library. If you are a student, staff, or faculty member at a participating Texas Institution.

About TexShare

TexShare is a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in partnership with academic and public libraries in Texas. A TexShare card can be used at participating libraries to check out materials for research and study needs.



If you are not an HSC Alumni, Retiree, or do not have a TexShare card, you can apply for an individual guest membership.  Guests are members of the general public not affiliated with The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.


There are a variety of options on campus for parking including day and month passes and metered parking. Lewis Library is located near public transportation with a bus stop for the Route 2 and Dash on Trinity Metro. For more information about campus parking, please visit: or visit the parking office located at UNTHSC Police Department.

Building Access

When you visit, please wear your badge, which is also your library card.  It is needed to enter the building, checkout materials at the Self-Service Checkout Area, and as a form of identification while on campus.

Inside the building, we offers a variety of collaborative and quiet study spaces for our guests.


Library guests should plan to bring a laptop if a computer will be needed during your visit, but we do offer a number of charging cables and other accessories in the Self-Checkout Area

Internet Access

HSC offers a Guest Wifi network, where library resources will be accessed.  Guests will also have the option to checkout a variety of cables for enhanced connectivity.

Borrowing Privileges

Guests are allowed to borrow up to 10 items from the Self-Service Checkout Area. For a full list of loanable items, load periods & overdue fines, visit Borrowing.

Visitor Policies

For more information on expectations of guests, please refer to the following HSC policies:

What do I need to bring to my appointment to create a guest membership?

Please bring a valid driver license or state issued ID, a credit card to pay for the membership (if applicable), and a current TexShare card (if applicable). If your current driver license, or state-issued ID, does not have your current address, please also bring a utility bill to verify your address.

How long does it take to get a badge?

After Guest Membership is approved, guest badges are generated by our campus police department and typically takes 3-5 days to process.

I lost my library card. How do I request a replacement?

In the event you misplace your card, a new one can be requested for a $25 replacement fee.  Contact or call 817-735-2465 to request a new guest membership card.

Can I bring my family/friend with me to the library?

Guest access to the library building and its resources is limited to the card holder only. Should other members of a group or family desire access for study or research, a separate application for membership should be completed. Guest members must be 18 years of age or older.

I am having trouble with my badge at the kiosk.

If you receive an error message that states “The Barcode Number or User ID was not found in the library management system as entered”, please contact a library staff member for assistance.

I am having trouble opening the doors with my badge.

For building badge access issues, contact the HSC Campus Police Department and let them know you are having issues with your membership badge. The non-emergency number for Campus Police is 817-735-2210.

Can I print at Lewis Library?

Unfortunately, Lewis Library does not offer guest printing services at this time. Lewis Library staff would be happy to assist in locating the nearest options in printing.

Will my Guest Membership allow me to access University Archives?

No. Access to UNTHSC Archives must be arranged by appointment.  To access collection materials contact to schedule an appointment.

Are there reservable rooms available for Guest Members?

Lewis Library rooms for guests are available on a first come, first served basis, and are limited to individual study rooms. Reservable group rooms are not available for guests. For more information about large room availability on campus, please visit