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Public Patrons: About the Law Library

A guide to services for members of the Public

About TTU Law Library

The Texas Tech University School of Law Library (“Law Library”) is the largest legal information center in the area covering western Texas, eastern New Mexico, and southern Oklahoma. The Law Library and its staff serve and support the educational, instructional, and research needs of the School of Law.

The Law Library’s website offers information about library hours, staff, services, programs, and access to electronic databases. The staff constantly updates the website with new information. Go to http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/ to see all that the library has to offer!

Everyone is welcome to use the print resources of the Law Library. However, some of the Law Library's online resources (e.g., Westlaw, LexisNexis) are available only to Texas Tech Law Students and Faculty Members. If you are not a Texas Tech Law Student or Faculty Member, the Law Library offers alternatives to those sources for your use, such as LexisNexis Academic.


The Law Library serves attorneys, judges, paralegals, residents of Texas and the public in general. Members of the public may:

  • Browse and use the collection;
  • Use certain equipment such as: public access computers, scanner on the 1st Floor, and printing services.
  • Access resources in the library such as the Internet; and
  • Ask questions and receive assistance from the Law Library staff.

Operating Hours

During Phase II Operations, the Law Library will offer a mixture of in-person and remote services.  

The Circulation Desk is open for in-person services from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. You can also email or call at: 

Email:  circulation.law@ttu.edu
Phone:  806-742-3957

Reference services will remain remote and are available during the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. For Reference assistance, please contact the Reference Team via email, phone, or chat services.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu
Phone:  806-742-7155
Chat: Use the "Ask a Librarian" chat feature on the Law Library's Homepage

Circulation Services

The Circulation Desk will be open from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Print Materials
During Phase II Operations, print materials are available for use and checkout. Print materials used in the Law Library space should be returned to the re-shelving carts on each floor. Checked out materials should be returned though the Law Library's Book Drop and will undergo a rigorous sanitization process. 

Texas Tech also has a robust set of online resources through the Law Library's holdings and main campus materials.  Please contact a reference librarian for help identifying a comparable electronic resource to meet your needs.

Laptops:
Until further notice, laptops are unavailable for checkout.  If you need computer equipment, please contact Associate Dean Sofia Chapman.

Study Aids:
Print study aids are available. In addition, the Law Library has a variety of online study aids, including West Academic Study Aids and Wolters Kluwer Study Aids. 

Returning Materials:
Please return all print materials through the Law Library's Book Drop.

Reference Services

In-person Reference services will be limited to virtual services until further notice.

For Reference assistance, please contact us at 806-742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu. The Reference Team will set up virtual meetings, as needed. 

Phone, email, and chat will be monitored between 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The Reference Team will respond to any requests outside of these hours on the next business day. 

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