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Tarlton Reopening FAQs: 2020-2021

This FAQ guide contains information regarding the reopening of Tarlton Law Library for the 2020-2021 academic year.

When did Tarlton reopen?

Tarlton reopened for the Fall 2020 semester on a limited basis and will continue its limited operations in the Spring 2021 semester.   Access to the library continues to be limited to UT Law faculty, staff, and students.  UT ID cards must be swiped at a card reader to enter the law school building and also to enter Tarlton.  Non-law students enrolled in cross-listed law school classes should contact Joe Noel, Head of Access Services and Instruction Coordinator, (, to arrange Tarlton access.

What are Tarlton’s hours for the Spring 2021 semester?

Beginning on Monday, February 1, Tarlton’s physical facility will be open:


Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: closed


Check the website’s hours information  for a complete listing of Tarlton’s hours of operation, including for reference services and Tech Desk assistance.  Hours are subject to change during the semester.

What are Tarlton’s general operating conditions?

Reference assistance, circulation services, tech desk assistance, access to print materials, and other library services will be available although some may be offered primarily or only electronically. Law students should come into the library only when they need to check out books, pick up print jobs, scan materials, obtain assistance at the tech desk, and engage in other library-related tasks.  Library seating capacity is greatly reduced due to the university’s social distancing requirements; extended studying is not encouraged.  All University and Law School safety requirements, including wearing face masks/coverings, must be observed.

How is Tarlton encouraging social distancing?

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. Students may not move library furniture or sit in areas that are taped off or otherwise restricted.

Do I need to wear a face covering/mask in the Library?

Face coverings/masks are optional in the facility.

How will Tarlton be kept clean?

Tarlton is cleaned after closing every day by university custodial staff.  Library staff members will wipe down the Circulation Desk, Tech Desk, computer keyboards, printers, book scanners, and library entrance doors at intervals throughout the day.  Law students are encouraged to bring their own wipes and clean seating areas and equipment prior to use.

Can I work and study in Tarlton?

Law students may study and prepare for classes in Tarlton between their onsite law school classes. Law students are strongly encouraged to work and study at home as much as possible. 

How can I check out books and other items from Tarlton?

Law students will be able to check out books and laptops at the Circulation Desk, which will be staffed whenever the facility is open. Computer peripherals and other non-book items will not be available for checkout.  The Law in Popular Culture collection (LPOP) will be unavailable.  Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are available for reuse.

Will Tarlton have a reserve collection?

There will be no library course reserves collection.  Permanent reserve materials will be reduced to the smallest collection possible. Any materials that students are required to purchase (Bluebooks, other citation guides, style manuals, etc.) will not be available for circulation. Check with the reference librarian on duty for electronic alternatives to reserve materials.

How can I get reference and research assistance?

Reference and research assistance is available during hours posted on the website by contacting the Virtual Reference Desk.  Tarlton’s reference librarians can provide assistance via email, chat, Zoom, and phone.  Reference librarians will also be onsite, in a limited capacity, to help students requiring assistance with print resources. Contact the reference librarian on duty via the Virtual Reference Desk for more information.

Will Tarlton’s Computer Lab be open?

The computers in the 3rd floor Computer Lab will be available for law student use whenever Tarlton is open. The number of computers available will be reduced to comply with social distancing requirements.

Will I be able to print/copy/scan?

Most printing services and book scanners will be available during Tarlton’s operating hours.  See Tarlton’s How to Print, Copy, or Scan guide for full information.  The Lexis printers will be unavailable for use.  Check with the Tech Desk for further assistance.

How can I get help with computer problems or print/copy/scan issues?

Tarlton’s Tech Desk assists law students with computer and technology issues, including printing and loading exam software.  Students can get assistance during hours posted on the website by visiting the Tech Desk on Tarlton’s 3rd floor or, if no staff is onsite, by contacting the Virtual Tech Desk.

Will Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw reps be available?

Neither the Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw student reps nor the full-time employees will be holding in-person hours or tabling. Law students with questions about these platforms can contact the Virtual Reference Desk or reach out directly to the vendor representatives.

Can I eat and drink in Tarlton?

Neither drinking nor eating is permitted in the Tarlton facility. Face coverings/masks must be worn at all times in the facility.

Can I reserve a group study room or the privacy room?

Library group study rooms, the privacy and meditation room, and the Student Collaborative Study Lounge will be locked and are not available.

Can I participate in Zoom classes in the library?

Law students are encouraged to participate in Zoom classes from home whenever possible.  Students needing to participate in Zoom classes while at the law school may do so on the east end of Tarlton’s 3rd floor. Available areas are clearly marked.  Students may participate in Zoom classes on a “listening only” basis; social distancing is required, talking is not permitted, and headphones are required.