Our Compact with Texans

The mission of the State Law Library is to provide a legal reference facility for use by the members and staff of the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Office of the Attorney General, other state entities, and by citizens of the state. The  library seeks to accomplish its mission through prudent management and development of its resources, including:

  • Providing access to the basic sources of legal information, regardless of formats, to meet the present and future needs of the state;
  • Navigating the information infrastructure to identify or create key resources, improve and enrich access to resources, and develop and utilize effective finding tools;
  • Assisting library users in development of efficient and effective reference techniques and educating users in the use of information products and services; and
  • Increasing awareness of the State Law Library and its resources.

In this effort, the library serves as an active disseminator of information and an active participant in cooperative efforts with other libraries, governmental agencies, and state and national organizations.

The library is committed to guaranteed and quality access to legal information making effective legal counsel and decision-making possible. To ensure that the State Law Library is the integral link to this access, the management and staff seek to make the library a comfortable, efficient organization where all library patrons can find and use the information they need. We will approach our mission with an enthusiasm and a passion for excellence that enhances the limited funds and personnel at our disposal in order to provide the most effective return on the state's investment in legal information resources. We seek to provide for ourselves and our patrons an environment in which individual and group goals can be achieved and in which all policies and activities mesh to constructively reach those goals.

Library staff seek to answer reference questions within 48 hours. Complaints will be addressed within 10 working days.

The library's physical location is:

205 West 14th Street
Tom C. Clark Building
Room G01
Austin, TX 78701

The library's web address is https://www.sll.texas.gov.

For more information, please call or write to:

State Law Library
P.O. Box 12367
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-1722

To file a complaint, please contact our Public Services Coordinator:

State Law Library
P.O. Box 12367
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-1722
Fax (512) 463-1728

page last updated: 19 Jul 2023 5:00 PM