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Online Law Student Tour of the Tarlton Law Library

About the 2nd Floor


The second floor is the main floor of the Tarlton Law Library. Students enter the library from the Susman Godfrey Atrium. The second floor is the home of the library's Circulation and Reference Desks. It also has the Hyder Popular Reading Room, which houses Tarlton's collection of study aids. The 2nd Floor Reading Room contains Texas legal materials and state and federal case reporters, statutes, and regulations.


Circulation Desk




  • The Circulation Desk is the large, main desk that you will see when you walk into the library on the main floor.
  • This is where you check out library materials.  Tarlton has books, but we also have laptop computers (both Macbooks and Dells), laptop powercords, standing desks, and other items.
  • If your professor put something on course reserves for you, you’ll be able to find it at the Circulation Desk.
  • The Circulation Desk is staffed during all of the hours that the library is open, so there is always someone there to help you.


Reference Desk






  • The Reference Desk is to the left of the Circulation Desk. It is staffed by reference librarians, most of whom have a J.D. and a master's degree in information science.
  • The reference librarians are here to help you with legal research or to answer your reference questions. Whether you need help using a particular database, researching for a seminar paper, or anything else research-related, the reference librarians are here to help you.
  • The Reference Desk hours can be found here. You can reach the reference librarians during those operating hours by stopping by the Reference Desk in-person, calling, or live chatting. You can also email the Reference Desk or set up a more in-depth appointment with a reference librarian.
  • Most of the reference librarians also teach one credit, pass/fail advanced legal research classes. They teach general advanced legal research courses, as well as ones that focus on Texas law, corporate & securities law, and foreign & international law. We encourage you to take one or more of these classes to improve your legal research skills.


2nd Floor Reading Room

  • The reading room is where most of the primary legal sources (cases, statutes, regulations) are kept. Tarlton has federal cases, statutes, and regulations, and statutes from all 50 states. We also have state cases in the regional reporters.
  • In addition to primary sources, the reading room also has a variety of secondary sources, including legal encyclopedias (American Jurisprudence 2d and Corpus Juris Secundum) and American Law Reports. We also have many Texas law treatises, as well as secondary sources for other states.
  • The reading room is also a popular place for quiet study, with tables and carrels spread throughout the room.


Hyder Popular Reading Room

  • ​The Hyder Popular Reading Room (PRR) is located in the southeast corner of the 2nd Floor Reading Room.
  • PRR houses Tarlton's print study aid collection for law students. 
  • The generosity of Martha R. and Elton M. Hyder Jr. helped make the popular reading room possible.
  • Study aids help law students better understand the material covered in the most common law school courses, from first-year classes like torts and civil procedure, to upper-level classes like securities regulation and environmental law. Study aids come in different varieties; some include treatise-level summaries of the law, while others may contain sample essay questions or multiple-choice questions.
  • If you find that you might need some extra help to feel confident about a class, we recommend taking a look at the study aids in PRR.


UTprint printers

  • Law students can print to UTprint printers. In the law school, there is one UTprint printer on the main floor (shown here), two UTprint printers on the third floor next to the Tech Desk (one of them prints in color), and another UTprint printer in the Tom Clark Lounge.
  • You can send print jobs to the UTprint printers from the computers in the 3rd floor computer lab, from your laptops (once the appropriate software is installed), or by uploading the print jobs to the printing website. Once you have submitted your print job using one of those methods, you can pick it up from any UTprint printer on campus.
  • UTprint print jobs are paid for using your BevoPay accounts. Make sure you have money in your BevoPay account before picking up the print job.
  • UTprint printers also have built-in photocopying and scanning functions.


Book Scanners




  • On the main floor of the library, we have a KIC Scanner that is free to use. This is a great alternative to photocopying if you only need to make a digital copy of material. 
  • The KIC Scanner pictured here works best for books. You lay the book flat on the document bed on the left and control the scanning with the touch screen on the right. If you need to make scans of loose pages, we have a document feeder scanner on the third floor near the Tech Desk (as well as a smaller book scanner), or you can use the scanning function on the UTprint printers.
  • You can email the scans to yourself or save them to a personal USB drive.


Charging Station


  • On the main floor of the library, we have a custom charging station located next to the KIC book scanner. You can use this charging station to charge your electronic devices while you're studying in the library or the law school.
  • Each of the 8 bays in this charging station has different types of cables (e.g., Lightning, USB-C, etc.) in it, so you can charge a variety of devices.
  • The charging station works similarly to a hotel safe, where you put your device in the bay, close it, and create a personal PIN to lock it. You re-enter that PIN to unlock the bay when you are ready to retrieve your device.