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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.

Beverages and Food

Beverages are allowed throughout the library, as described below.

Eating is allowed in most places in the library (see below for exceptions), as described in the following general rules.  The rules are subject to change if necessary:

  • Hot and cold beverages are allowed in covered containers; alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Patrons may eat items such as fruit, cold sandwiches, and candy bars in most areas of the library.
  • Foods such as pizza, soup, tacos, burgers, and other warm sandwiches, should be eaten outside the library.  Please avoid bringing foods into the library that are odorous, greasy, or noisy when eaten.
  • Please remove all uneaten food and all food packaging from the library. Do not place food or food wrappings in the library's garbage cans, as they can become smelly and can cause rodent or insect infestation. Janitorial service is severely curtailed due to budget cuts, and trash cans are not emptied every day.
  • Please clean up any food or drink spills. If the spill is large and you cannot clean it up yourself (for example, spilled drinks on the carpet), clean it up as well as you can and notify the circulation desk staff.


Please do not bring food into the following areas:

  • Rare Books & Special Collections areas,
  • Law in Popular Culture room,
  • Computer lab, or the computer classroom (3.222/3.223)
  • Jurists Room (4.204)

Remember that the Tom Clark Student Lounge is located a short distance from the library entrance, and is a comfortable place to eat full meals and non-library friendly foods.

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: