Trans Amigos Express (TAE)

Trans-Amigos Express (TAE) is the Amigos-wide courier service offering low-cost, rapid pickup and delivery of ILL items among participating libraries. TAE participation benefits libraries in several ways.

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Fast Delivery
Most deliveries take place within 48-72 hours, even when items are sent across state lines. TAE packages are sent in distinctive purple nylon bags provided at no extra cost to participating libraries, making packaging efficient and economical.

Economy
In addition to saving money on packaging items, our flat-rate annual fee means you will never have to pay more regardless of the amount of packages you send or the cumulative weight of those items. Libraries save thousands of dollars on shipping fees and packaging by using TAE – last year the average package shipped for 85 cents. Contact Rae Cheney, 800-843-8482, ext. 2830, or cheney@amigos.org for current pricing information.

Community
TAE libraries prioritize lending and borrowing from other participants. Become part of a community of over 250 libraries that are excited to share resources with you. Browse our participant list to see which of your borrowing partners are already participating.

Connections
TAE connects to the Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) and Kansas Library Express (KLE), providing access to almost 300 additional libraries in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and elsewhere for no additional fee. No matter what level of service you choose, you will be able to borrow from this extended circle of participating libraries.

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TAE offers three levels of service: five days, three days, or two days per week. Choose the level of service that fits your needs and we will ensure you receive deliveries at a time convenient for your library.

Join Now
Complete our sign-up form to become a participating library. Contact Rae if you need further information, including pricing.

Learn More
Whether you are new to Trans-Amigos Express or could use a refresher on how the courier system works, sign up for our free, self-paced instructional class to find out additional details about the courier service. Perfect for new staff or volunteers, this class covers how to send and receive items, what happens to your items after you send them, and how to take advantage of our connections to other courier services. Make sure you are getting the most out of TAE!

Contact TAE at tae@amigos.org or 800-843-8482 for more information.

TExpress is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.