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Reference librarians at Tarlton's Reference Desk are available to help patrons locate information and to provide assistance in legal research methodology. However, they do not perform research for patrons and may not provide substantive legal advice or interpret legal materials for the benefit of patrons.

All reference librarians at Tarlton Law Library have Master’s degrees in Information Science; many have J.D. degrees as well. Several of our reference librarians specialize in certain subjects and can recommend appropriate print and electronic resources. Additionally, we have librarians dedicated to managing collections and providing research assistance in the areas of foreign and international lawgovernment documents, and rare books and special collections, generally available 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

UT faculty or students can contact the Reference Desk to schedule an appointment with a reference librarian for a more in-depth consultation about their academic legal research needs.  

Tarlton’s Reference Desk can be contacted in person, or by telephone, chat, or email as described below.  


Call 512-471-6220 for immediate reference assistance during current reference hours.


Chat with us during current reference hours. UT EID required to access chat.

In Person

Visit the library in person at 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX during current reference hours.

Current students can also request a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian.