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Access to Tarlton is temporarily restricted to current UT Law faculty, staff, and students, from January 3 - 30, in keeping with university guidelines implemented in response to the recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other members of the UT Austin community who need assistance accessing library resources should contact the library's Circulation Desk (, 512-471-7726). Online reference services are also available.

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Legal Research

Ask a Librarian

Reference librarians at Tarlton's Reference Desk are available to help patrons locate information and to provide assistance in legal research methodology. However, they do not perform research for patrons and may not provide substantive legal advice or interpret legal materials for the benefit of patrons.

All reference librarians at Tarlton Law Library have Master’s degrees in Information Science; many have J.D. degrees as well. Several of our reference librarians specialize in certain subjects and can recommend appropriate print and electronic resources. 

UT faculty or students can contact the Virtual Reference Desk for assistance via online chat or through Zoom.  Accessing the Virtual Reference Desk requires logging in with a UT EID and password.  From the Virtual Reference Desk, faculty and students can also make appointments for research consultations with Tarlton's reference librarians. 

The Reference Desk can also be contacted by email using the online Ask a Librarian form ( or by phone at 512-471-6220.


Call a Librarian

Call 512-471-6220 for reference assistance during current reference hours.