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The Tarlton Law Library’s physical facility, including Special Collections, is closed until further notice. Tarlton’s librarians and staff remain actively engaged in providing library services. Student tech support ( and faculty and student reference assistance ( will be available during business hours. Students can also consult our Library and Technology Support FAQ ( for most frequently needed information.

Tarlton Law Library will reopen August 24: Tarlton Reopening FAQs. In-person and online classes resume August 26: Texas Law Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.

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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 (   


Call a Librarian

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