library The publications housed at TARL are part of its research component. To ensure availability for all, all publications are only accessible for in-house use during normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). These publications are a part of a self-contained system and not a part of the University of Texas library system. The TARL library primarily documents archeological work done on Texas sites, though it houses reference works in Texas history, geology, geography, and biology, and also contains works on archeological methodology. The collection is comprised mainly of reports from universities, state and federal agencies, archeological contracting firms, and archeological societies. The TARL library is one of the Texas Historical Commission's repositories for cultural resource management reports done under an Antiquities Permit.

In recent years there have been several substantial donations to the library, including many new additions useful to archeologists and students. Donors included T.N. Campbell, E. Mott Davis, Glen Evans, Ed Jelks, Olin McCormick, R.K. (Pete) Saunders, Dee Ann Story, Texas Memorial Museum, and James Word.

Some of its holdings of particular interest to archeologists working in Texas:

  • A complete set of the Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society (formerly Bulletin of the Texas Archeological and Paleontological Society)
  • A complete set of Texas Archeology, the newsletter of the Texas Archeological Society
  • La Tierra, journal of the Southern Texas Archaeological Association
  • Journal of the Houston Archeological Society
  • The Record, journal of the Dallas Archeological Society
  • The Artifact, journal of the El Paso Archaeological Society
  • Texas Journal of Science from 1949 to 1996
  • American Anthropologist from 1951 to 1996
  • American Antiquity from 1937 to 2006
  • Plains Anthroplogist from 1966 to 2004
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly Soil Conservation Service) soil survey reports for Texas counties
  • Research reports from:
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Texas A&M University
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Texas Historical Commission
    • Texas Department of Transportation
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife
    • Various consulting firms (e.g., Prewitt and Associates, TRC, Horizon, PBS & J/Espey Huston, Geo-Marine, SWCA, Hicks & Co, AR Consultants, and many others)

Anyone who is not already familiar with TARL's research library or who has a question about a particular reference should contact TARL librarian May Schmidt at or call the Records office at (512)471-6006 prior to coming to the lab.