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The Tarlton Law Library is open at this time with access limited to current UT Law students, faculty, and staff. Members of the UT Austin community unaffiliated with the law school may contact the Circulation Desk (, 512-471-7726) for assistance with accessing library resources. Online reference services are also available. Please see the Tarlton Reopening FAQs and the Texas Law Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for additional details

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Online Law Student Tour of the Tarlton Law Library

About the Tarlton Law Library

NOTE: During Fall 2020, the Tarlton Law Library is operating at reduced capacity, so some of the areas mentioned in this online tour will be unavailable. Please see Tarlton's Reopening FAQs for more information on our Fall 2020 operations.

Welcome to the Tarlton Law Library! This online tour introduces law students and prospective students to our collection and services.

The Tarlton Law Library is one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, with a physical collection of more than one million volumes and extensive electronic resources. The library is found on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of Jones Hall in the law school building. 

When going through this online tour, law students should think about the importance of legal research as a critical component of their legal education. Attorneys can spend up to a third of their time doing legal research during the first few years of practice, regardless of whether they work in law firms, governmental agencies, corporations, or non-profit organizations. Your employer will expect you to be ready to start researching on day one. While you will get the basics of legal research in your first year legal writing courses, it is up to you to hone those skills and learn about specialized sources and advanced approaches. You can learn about these specialized research techniques through the library. Tarlton's reference librarians are here to help answer your research questions and improve your research skills.  

While you should think of the Tarlton Law Library as your classroom for legal research, it is also a great place to study and prepare for class, collaborate with others on projects, or just have some quiet time. The entire Tarlton staff is here to make your library experience a pleasant one.


Hyder Collection

Painting of Sir Littleton Powys
Hyder Collection



UT law school alumnus, Elton M. Hyder, Jr., and his wife, Martha Rowan Hyder, spent a lifetime collecting law-related artwork from all over the world.  The Hyder family donated nearly one thousand pieces from their collection to the UT Law School Foundation.  These pieces are currently on display in every floor of the Tarlton Law Library.  The Hyder Collection captures the spirit of the law and brings to the physical space of the library the history and majesty of the study of law.

Many of the pieces in the collection can be viewed in the library's digital exhibit of images from the Hyder Collection.  


Study Space

There is ample study space throughout all floors of the library for law students. There are tables, study carrels, chairs and couches, and study rooms, so regardless of the type of study setup you prefer, there is a space for you in the library. 




Chairs and Couches


Study Rooms


Study Carrels