Ask a Librarian
Reference librarians are available to help library users locate information, identify relevant resources, and develop search strategies. See the ways you can contact us below.
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.
Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.
The library's physical location is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19.
Write to us at P.O. Box 12367, Austin, TX 78711-2367.
What We Can Do
- Help you research a legal question
- Point you to particular state, local, and federal laws to help you begin your research
- Provide a short excerpt from a library resource
- Assist you in using library resources
- Recommend legal books and websites
- Locate broad definitions of legal words and phrases
- Refer you to other agencies or organizations that may help
What We Cannot Do
- Provide a legal opinion or suggest a course of action in a legal situation
- Recommend a legal form for a particular situation
- Give a “yes or no” answer to a legal question
- Interpret a contract, lease agreement, or other legal document
- Determine whether something you describe is legal or illegal
- Provide case law subject searches
- Help represent you in court
- Refer you to a particular attorney
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , the library's physical location is temporarily 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.