The Library serves an academic community of over 1,300 full-time law students and 100 faculty members. We also welcome members of the University community and members of the public to use our facility, resources, and services. The staff is happy to provide reference and research assistance, as well as guidance in using the collection.

Archives and Special Collections

Special collections and archives, with an emphasis on University of Texas Law School history, Texas and United States legal history, and University of Texas Law alumni.

Digital collections

Resources developed from Tarlton's unique and special collections, focused on Texas legal history and the law in popular culture.

Federal documents

Tarlton has been a Federal Depository Library since 1965. The Government Documents department collects all Congressional publications and selected law-related titles from the Executive and Judicial branches of the U.S. government.

Foreign & international law

Tarlton Law Library holds extensive collections in public international law, foreign law, and the law of private international transactions. The Foreign and International Law Department is responsible for developing these collections and for providing specialized assistance in their use.

Gavel awards archive

Products in media and the arts recognized by the American Bar Association as exemplary in fostering the American public's understanding of the law and the legal system. Tarlton maintains the permanent Gavel Award Winner Archives for the ABA.

Hyder Popular Reading Room

The Hyder Popular Reading Room gathers many of the most useful law student resources in one easy-to-access location. The room is located in the southeast corner of the second floor of the library. 

Law in popular culture

Works of fiction in all genres, as well as legal humor, plays, comics, pulp magazines, and feature films on video that either include a lawyer as a central character or have been authored by a lawyer.

Media collection

The media collection includes the Law Library's research collections in microform, audio and video cassette, and DVD formats.

Rare Books

Rare Book that support legal eductaion and research at The University of Texas  by preserving and interpreting canonical and foundational legal works in both the civil and common law traditions, with a special emphasis on Texas legal history and precusors of Texas law.