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This guide contains the essentials for new students studying and researching at the Tarlton Law Library.
Last Updated: Dec 4, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide is designed to introduce new law students to the essential services and resources offered by the Tarlton Law Library. For more detailed information, please see Tarlton's Resources for UT Law Students.

The Library is here to help you succeed - if you have any questions, please ask us!

(512) 471-7726


(512) 471-6220


Welcome to the Tarlton Law Library!

The Tarlton Law Library is one of the leading academic law libraries in the United States, with over a million volumes in print. In addition, students have access to millions of more resources through databases, e-books, and electronic journals. To help you make the most of all this, turn to Tarlton's highly trained staff of legal research experts.


Library Hours

When classes are in session, the Library's hours are typically:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Friday:  7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - Midnight

As finals approach, the Library moves into extended hours. (We have reduced hours over the summer, holidays, breaks, and intersessions.)

Detailed information about Library hours is available on the Library's website. You can also keep track of any upcoming hours changes on the Library's Twitter account (follow us - @TarltonLawLib) and Facebook page (


    UT Law School's Society Program

    Alice SheffieldSheffield, Bradford, Green . . . where do these Society names came from?

    Tarlton's department of Rare Books & Special Collections has created an online exhibit detailing the inspiration behind the law school's Society Program. Here's your chance to learn about the people behind all the different societies.

    Rare Books & Special Collections is housed on the library's 4th floor and contains a treasure trove of materials relating to the law school's history. Feel free to stop by and satisfy your curiosity.


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