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Borrowing Library Materials

Current UT Austin faculty, staff, and students, and members of the public may borrow circulating materials from the Library as described below.  

  • UT Law Students - Law students, upon presenting a valid UT ID to Circulation staff, may check out any of the Library's circulating materials.  Additionally, law students may also check out laptops, AC adapters, portable monitors, and other technology, as described in Borrowing Technology.
  • UT Law Faculty and Staff - Law faculty and staff may check out most of the Library’s materials. Faculty members who wish to have research assistants check out Library materials on their behalf must first notify the Library by e-mailing with the authorized research assistants' names.
  • Current UT Austin Faculty, Staff, and Students - With the exception of certain materials reserved for use by law students, faculty and staff, current members of the UT community may check out any of the Library's circulating materials. A valid UT ID is required in order to check out Library materials. First-time borrowers will also be asked to complete a Patron Information Sheet at the Circulation Desk.
  • Tarlton Courtesy Borrower Card Holders- Patrons who have purchased a Tarlton courtesy borrower card as described below may borrow library materials.  Individual courtesy borrower card holders may borrow up to ten (10) items at one time.
  • TexShare Card Holders - Patrons may borrow Library materials upon presenting a current TexShare card to Circulation staff.  TexShare card holders may borrow up to five (5) items at one time.   

Renewing Library Materials

Most Library materials may be renewed by logging in to the Library's online catalog.   When renewing online, patrons are encouraged to check the screen for information on the success or failure of the renewal.  If an item cannot be renewed, a 'Not all renewals were successful' message will appear on the screen. If the renewal is successful, a new due date will appear in the ‘STATUS’ column.   Materials may also be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk. To avoid late fees, materials should be renewed before the due date.

Borrowing Technology

Law students may checkout laptops, AC adapters, portable monitors, and other technology from the Library's Circulation Desk.

Laptops – Dell laptops and Apple MacBooks are available for 24-hour loan to law students. Because the Library is unable to guarantee problem-free operation with any software not installed by the Library, Library-owned laptops cannot be used for Law School examinations.

AC Adapters – AC adapters for selected laptops are also available for 24-hour checkout to law students. Adapters available include those for Dell Latitudes and Apple MacBooks.

Portable Monitors – Dell 14 portable monitors are available for 24-hour checkout to law students. The monitors should generally work with both PC laptops and Apple MacBooks.

MacBook VGA Adapters – This adapter, used to connect a MacBook to a video projector, is available for 24-hour checkout to law students.

Flip Video Cameras – To help law students prepare for oral advocacy exercises, there are Flip video cameras available for 24-hour loan. Tripods are also available for checkout.

Audiocassette Players – Audiocassette players are available for 2 hour loan (library use only) for users wishing to listen to audiocassettes.

Headphones – Headphones are available for 2 hour loan (library use only) for users wishing to listen to audiocassettes or other audio. 

Circulation Periods

Primary source materials, digests, loose leaf binders, microforms, periodicals, and reference resources do not generally circulate outside the Library, but most other materials may be checked out by Library users with valid UT Austin ID cards.

Loan periods for circulating materials vary based on the type of material and the borrower's status, as follows:

  • Books generally circulate for one semester and can be renewed.
  • Materials from the Hyder Popular Reading Room circulate for 7 days. Renewals are not allowed. These materials only circulate to UT Law affiliated patrons (students, faculty, and staff employed at the Law School).
  • Laptops circulate for 24 hours and only to law students. Renewals are not allowed.

Tarlton courtesy borrower cards

A Tarlton courtesy borrower card permits patrons to borrow print materials from the Tarlton Law Library only.  The Library has no reciprocal arrangements with other libraries on campus. Please note that a courtesy borrower card does not entitle the holder to offsite database access.  Individual courtesy borrower card holders may borrow up to ten (10) items at one time.

Individual courtesy borrower cards are available at a cost of $75 per calendar year. Corporate courtesy borrower cards are available for entities employing up to 15 attorneys, at a cost of $150 per calendar year. For firms and corporations employing 15 or more attorneys, the cost of the borrower card is $300 per calendar year. Cards expire annually on August 31. Invoices will be sent out annually to corporate courtesy card borrowers, and individual courtesy card borrowers who have elected to receive them, for the option to renew their cards.

To apply for a courtesy borrower card, complete a Patron Information Sheet and present a state-issued photo ID, and the annual fee (cash or check) to the Circulation Desk between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Texas state agencies may obtain free courtesy borrower cards upon presentation of an employee's state-issued photo ID and a letter printed on agency letterhead. The letter must state the following:

  • the agency requests the card;
  • the agency is responsible for material checked out and/or fines; and
  • the names of employees authorized to check out materials for the agency (no more than 3 employees).

Late Fees

Overdue fines are assessed when materials are renewed after the due date or returned late to the Library.  Replacement charges are assessed for overdue materials not returned to the Library within a reasonable time.

Late fees and replacement charges are assessed as follows:

  • Semester items
    • Item is declared lost after 28 days
    • Minimum replacement cost for lost items is $100
  • Hyder Popular Reading Room Material (7-day circulation period)
    • $3.50/day for 7 days
    • Item is declared lost after 7 days
    • Minimum replacement cost for lost items is $100
  • DVDs (7-day circulation period)
    • $2.00/day for 14 days
    • Item is declared lost after 14 days
    • Minimum replacement cost for lost item is $75
  • Reserve and Course Reserve Items (2-hour and 24-hour circulation periods)
    • $0.75/hour for 2 days
    • Item is declared lost after 2 days
    • Minimum replacement cost for lost items is $100
  • Laptops, power cords, portable monitors, and computer hardware (24-hour circulation period)
    • $0.75/hour for 4 days
    • Item is declared lost after 4 days
    • Minimum replacement cost for lost laptop computers is $1525

Replacement costs include a billing and processing fee.  The replacement charge may be refunded in some instances if items declared lost are subsequently returned, but the billing and processing fee ($25.00) will not be waived.  The Library may increase replacement costs or processing fees based on the actual costs associated with replacing a particular missing item.   

Patrons can check their Library patron record or What I Owe to determine how much is owed for renewed, returned or lost materials.  Fines for overdue materials not yet returned can be calculated based on the fee schedule above.

Payment of late fees can be made:

  • online through What I Owe.
  • by cash, check, or money order at the Cashiers Office, Main Building (MAI on campus map) , Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • at the Library's Circulation Desk (guest borrowers or TexShare borrowers only), with exact cash or a check made payable to The University of Texas.

Patrons who have questions about late fees can email the Library at

Library Patron Records

Patrons are encouraged to update their Library patron record if e-mail or mailing addresses change. As a courtesy, the Library sends e-mail reminders and overdue notices to patrons, but the Library is not responsible for misdirected notices sent to patrons who have not verified or updated their Library patron records. Patrons may also update their patron records in person at the Circulation Desk.

Holds and Recalls

Library users can place a “hold” on items that are checked out by other users.  A hold is a request to get an item after the current borrower returns it.  Law Faculty and Staff can place a hold on items by clicking the “Law Faculty Request” button in the TALLONS library catalog or by contacting the Circulation Desk.  All other library users should contact the Circulation Desk to place holds on items. 

In some cases, library users can “recall” an item which is currently checked out to another user.  A recall is a request to get an item back from another users as soon as possible, and, in some cases, may modify the due date for the item.  Library users should contact the Circulation Desk to if they are interested in recalling at item.