Rare Books & Special Collections

A law professor and his students, from Flores Legum, 1520The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections supports legal education and research at The University of Texas by providing a secure home for substantial and diverse collections of rare law books and archives. The navigation at the left will guide you to more information on our collection strengths and current programming.


There are three full-time staff members available to assist you with your research. Director of Special Collections Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch holds a PhD in History from Harvard University and an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas. Reference Librarian and Archivist Elizabeth Hilkin holds a JD from Mercer University School of Law and MSIS from the University of Texas. Assistant Archivist and Oral Historian Megan Blair holds a BA and an MA in History from Texas State University, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.

Using the collections

The collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Rare Books Reading Room. Rare Books and Archival collections are generally avaliable for use, providing that the guidelines for the Rare Book Room are followed. While an appointment is not required, it is recommended. If you are coming from outside Austin, we especially urge you to contact us in advance, so that we can help you make the most of your research visit.