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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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Reference Services to the Public

Services to the Public

  • The Tarlton Law Library is normally happy to welcome members of the public who are interested in conducting legal research.  However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and pursuant to law school and university restrictions, access to the library building is limited to current UT Law faculty, staff, and students.
  • Reference librarians are available to help patrons locate information resources and to provide assistance in legal research methodology.  Patrons may call or email the library’s Reference Desk for assistance.   
  • Reference librarians do not perform research for patrons and may not provide substantive legal advice or interpret legal materials for the benefit of patrons.
  • Reference librarians cannot help patrons find an attorney.  Patrons living in Central Texas are encouraged to contact the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas. The State Bar of Texas also has an attorney referral service. For information about free or low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas, please consult
  • The law school provides legal representation through its legal clinics in very limited cases.  Information about the law school’s legal clinics can be found on the clinics’ website.
  • Texas patrons can also contact the Texas State Law Library for assistance.  Austin area residents can also contact the Travis County Law Library for help.