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1L Orientation Guide

This guide contains the essentials for new students studying and researching at the Tarlton Law Library.


The Tarlton Law Library is one of the leading academic law libraries in the United States, with over a million volumes in print. In addition, students have access to millions of more resources through databases, e-books, and electronic journals. To help you make the most of all this, turn to Tarlton's highly trained staff of legal research experts. This guide is designed to introduce new law students to the essential services and resources offered by the Tarlton Law Library. For other law student resources, please see the materials under the STUDENTS tab above.

The Library is here to help you succeed - if you have any questions, please ask us!

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Library Hours

When classes are in session, the Library's hours are typically:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - Midnight
  • Friday:  7:15 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - Midnight

As finals approach, the Library moves into extended hours. (We have reduced hours over the summer, holidays, breaks, and intersessions.)

Detailed information about Library hours is available on the Library's website. 

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