What is CTLS?

CTLS, Inc. is a membership-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of Texas libraries. We provide continuing education, consulting, and resource-sharing to libraries statewide. Membership is open to every library without regard to regional boundaries or type of library.

What will it cost my library?

Level 1 Membership $300

Collaborative grant opportunities, like Science ROCKS!; electronic newsletter; content rich web site; commercial partnership program; regional networking events for libraries to share best practices; member pricing & discounts on workshop seats, consulting; on-site training; and access to CTLS LOANables – professional collection, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, science programming kits, die cut machine, 250 dies, archival scanner, and videogame packs.

Level 2 Membership $600

Includes Level 1 as well as: 2 free seats during the membership year at an on-site workshop or CE event; telephone and email consultation services for members – 6 hours per year.

LARGE PRINT ROTATING CIRCUIT (with Level 1 or Level 2 membership) $150 

150 Books—3 shipments per year of 50 recent Large Print titles.

How do I join?

There are two easy ways to join CTLS.  The membership year starts on September 1 and ends August 31.

Option 1. Join Online and pay by Credit Card 

Join CTLS online and visit our checkout page.  You can select membership options and pay online using all major credit cards.

Option 2. File Online and pay by Check 

Fill out our online membership form.  Invoices can be customized to meet your organization’s payment cycle and a monthly payment plan is also available.

note: If you have trouble joining online you may also download our membership form in PDF format from here

How can CTLS help me?

No system? No problem!  CTLS can provide an array of services that libraries need in these increasingly difficult times.  With money in short supply, CTLS offers ways to stay connected to your peers all across the state.  We offer on-site networking events, collaborative grant projects, telephone consulting, on-site continuing education, discounts on goods and services, and much, much more.

Consulting.  Maximize your time and minimize your workload—let CTLS help! Our experts can help you with:

Youth services consulting on book collections, programming, summer reading programs, and working with youth volunteers

  • Envisioning your library’s future, from space planning to strategic planning
  • Personnel management issues
  • Board and Friends Group relations
  • Collection development: what to buy, what to toss, how to market to your patrons, and materials challenges.

Continuing Education. Keep staff knowledgeable and rejuvenated with exciting, practical training opportunities. Workshops include face-to-face training and on-request workshops customized for your library. Costs vary—call for a quote. Topics include:

  • Serving children and youth
  • Organizational development
  • Collection management
  • Long Range Planning
  • Board Training
  • Team building

Resource Sharing. Participate in collaborative grants, have access to CTLS LOANables, or buy into the Large Print Circuit collection which brings you 150 recent fiction titles per year.