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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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Library Policies


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and pursuant to law school and university restrictions, access to the library is limited to current UT Law faculty, staff, and students.  Members of the UT Law Community will need to use their UT ID cards to enter the law school and library buildings. 

Please address any questions or concerns about library policies to Matt Steinke (, 512-471-6232), Associate Director/Head of Public Services, or to any member of the library staff.

Social Distancing and Face Coverings

Pursuant to law school and university policies, face coverings and social distancing are required in Tarlton at all times.  Library visitors must maintain six feet of physical distance between themselves and others.  Available seating and study areas are clearly marked throughout Tarlton’s facility. Chairs, table spaces, and carrels that are not available for use are taped off.  Visitors may not move library furniture or sit in areas that are taped off or otherwise restricted.

Beverages and Food

Food and beverages are not permitted in the library at the present time.  Law students can enjoy food and beverages at designated areas in the law school building.

Charging Locker

Charging lockers are provided for secure short-term storage while charging cellphones, iPads and tablets, and laptops.  No other items may be placed in the charging locker bays. Overnight storage is not allowed.

Charging locker bays are monitored regularly. Any items not actively being charged will be removed and placed in the library’s lost and found.

Computer Access

  • Access to TALLONS, the Library's online catalog, is available through computers on every floor of the library.
  • The Tarlton Tech Desk and computer lab are reserved for law students.
  • Laptops may be used anywhere in the Library. Many carrels throughout the library have electrical outlets. Wireless access is available throughout the library.
  • All computer users must adhere to the University's Acceptable Use policy.

Cell Phones

Cell phones should be set on vibrate or silent mode while you are in the library. Cell phone calls should be made or received in the library’s 2nd floor entry area or in the 4th floor elevator area. Please do not make or receive calls in other areas.

Personal Belongings

Please do not leave personal belongings unattended. The library is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal items.

Library Property

Please notify a member of the library staff if any library materials or furnishings are in need of repair. Damaging furniture, books or any other library property is prohibited. Persons responsible for such defacement will be charged with the costs of necessary repairs or replacement.


Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times in the library.

Library Environment

Please respect the rights of others when using the library.  Excessive noise and offensive conduct or language is not permitted in the library.  Please report any issues to a library staff member.  Threatening or dangerous behavior will be reported to The University of Texas police department immediately. Abuse of library policies may result in the suspension of library privileges.

Resources for Disabled Patrons

Patrons requesting an accommodation to use the resources, facilities, or services of the Tarlton Law Library must arrange for assistance through the appropriate university office: