Ask a Librarian

Reference librarians are available to help library users locate information, identify relevant resources, and develop search strategies. Please read how the reference librarians can assist and how they are unable to assist you.

We have posted the answers to some commonly asked questions about the law on our Frequently Asked Legal Questions page. We have also compiled a listing of commonly requested legal forms. Also see our self-help resources page, which includes various research guides by topic, for more online resources that can help you find the information you are seeking.

If you need help with a reference question, you may ask a librarian by any of the methods we list below.

We are not a legal hotline. We cannot provide legal advice or legal assistance. We do not have any attorneys on staff. See this listing of free legal hotlines you can call to speak with an attorney.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the library's physical location is closed to the public until further notice, but librarians remain ready to assist you with legal research. E-mail and chat are the best way to reach us. You can also call us and leave a message, preferably with an e-mail address.


Chat online with a librarian Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note This is a pilot program to help us better assist patrons while the library is closed to the public due to COVID-19. We may adjust these hours to better serve the public.


Call 1-844-829-2843 (toll-free in Texas) or (512) 463-1722 for reference assistance during regular business hours (except holidays).

Note Due to COVID-19 measures, we ask that you please leave a voicemail message with contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In person

Visit the library in person at 205 W. 14th Street in Austin during our regular business hours (except holidays).

Note The library is temporarily closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.


Write to us at P.O. Box 12367, Austin, TX 78711-2367.

page last updated: 13 Nov 2019 7:39 PM