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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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, (email@example.com), to arrange Tarlton access.
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
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.
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.
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.
Face coverings/masks must be worn at all times in the facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neither drinking nor eating is permitted in the Tarlton facility. Face coverings/masks must be worn at all times in the facility.
Library group study rooms, the privacy and meditation room, and the Student Collaborative Study Lounge will be locked and are not available.
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.