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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Records office at (512)471-6006 prior to coming to the lab.