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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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Services for Law Review and Journal Students

Book Pull Information

Journals may use the Library for book pulls and staff edits. These activities should take place only from noon on Friday until the Library closes on Sunday.

Library conference rooms may be reserved online for book pulls during those times; journals are also welcome to make their reservations in advance by sending a semester long list of scheduled book pulls. The Library's circulation desk can also provide book trucks if they are available. Contact Martha Clark (, 512-471-7726) for more information.

Tips on locating a book in the Library:

  • Map It! catalog feature: If you look up an item in the catalog, that item's catalog record shows a button labeled "Map It!" on the right side. The button will bring up a floor map displaying where the item is located, highlighting in red the book stack on which the item is shelved. There is also a mobile friendly version of the catalog.
  • Use your smartphone: If you know the call number for an item and you go the Library's website on your smartphone, you will see the mobile friendly version. Choose "Locate Materials" and you will see the different floor numbers for each call number range. Click through to see floor maps.
  • Library floor maps: maps with call numbers are available on the Library's website, including in pdf for printer-friendly versions. You can also ask for maps of the stacks at the Library's circulation desk.

Tips on finding a book that is missing from the shelf:

  • Double check the catalog to make sure it is not checked out after all or recently returned.
  • Check the red shelves on the 3rd and 4th floors (Stacks 318, 326, 417, and 426) to see if it is waiting to be reshelved.
  • Check the shelves set aside for law review book pulls on the 4th floor, near the Government Documents Office, 4.203.
  • Ask at the front circulation desk for further assistance.

Journal Reserve Shelving

map of library use only materials

The Library has specially designated shelves where journal members can store library use only materials while using them for citation checks. These shelves are located on the 4th Floor at Stacks 401-403.



To use these shelves: 

  • Bring the books you are using to the circulation desk.
  • Tell the circulation desk what journal you are from and that you would like to check them out to the journal shelves.
  • Place them in your journal's designated area on the journal shelves on the 4th Floor
  • When you are finished, put the books on one of the three nearby red redistribution shelves. 

Many items we have that you cannot otherwise borrow can be checked out to the journal shelves in this way. These items include:

  • Multi-volume sets
  • Loose-leaf titles
  • State codes
  • State reporters

Some high-use materials cannot be checked out to the journal shelves. These include: