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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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Archives & Special Collections

Special Collections Department

NOTICE: Access to Tarlton’s Special Collections will be limited to UT Law faculty, staff, and students for the fall semester, and open limited hours Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Please see our contact information below for requesting an appointment. 

Peregrinus, law school mascot
Peter Mansbendel. Peregrinus.
Circa 1935.
Woodcut from Der Richterlich Clagspiegel.
Sebastian Brandt. Der Richterlich Clagspiegel.
Strassburg: Johannes Knobloch, 1518.

The Special Collections Department at the Tarlton Law Library holds significant collections of rare books related to law and legal practice, archives relevant to legal history and the history of legal education in Texas and the United States, and special collections that complement our holdings for the purposes of historical research. These collections provide robust support for research, exhibits, and programming. The department welcomes researchers by appointment. University of Texas faculty and students are especially encouraged to use these resources.

The Department is located on the fourth floor of the Tarlton Law Library in room 4.209. For driving directions and parking at the Law Library, please see Location and Parking. The department is open by appointment only.  Researchers may request an appointment between 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30, Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays. As staffing of the department is limited, researchers are asked to contact the Special Collections staff to request an appointment well in advance of an anticipated visit to ensure the best use of researcher and staff time during the visit. For more information about conducting research from our collections, please contact us.

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Contact Information

Molly Brownfield
Interim Head of Special Collections
(512) 471-6228
Evelina Stulgaityte
(512) 471-7263
Kate Roden
Rare Books Librarian
(512) 471-2018