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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
The law library, in its various incarnations, is almost as old as the university itself. Beginning as a few shelves in the university library, it soon expanded to its own room, then its own department in the law school, and finally a building of its own. A collection of a few hundred books has blossomed into a collection of over a million volumes, making what is now the Tarlton Law Library one of the finest law libraries in the country.
The primary mission of the library has always been to meet the information needs of the students and faculty of the University of Texas School of Law. Indeed, the first library was no more than the personal collections of the first two faculty members – Oran Roberts and Robert Gould. The collection, preservation, and dissemination of legal information represents more than the simple acquisition of books and serials, just as a library is more than just a building with books in it. The professionals that dedicate themselves to making the library a smoothly functioning and comfortable place to research and learn are integral to the success of any library, and that is true of the Tarlton Law Library. Although many have contributed to the success of Tarlton, it is the long series of directors that have most influenced the growth and development of the library. Without leadership, a library can function, but it is vision that makes a library great. From the first students serving as law librarians to the remarkable careers of Helen Hargrave and Roy Mersky, each has left a definite stamp on the character of the institution.
Professor Barbara Bintliff
Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law
Director, Tarlton Law Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research