|Legislative Reference Library
State Capitol, Room 2N.3
P.O. Box 12488
Austin, Texas 78711-2488
(512) 463-1252 • FAX (512) 475-4626
The Legislative Reference Library is the most comprehensive repository of information
relating to the Texas Legislature. The following are some of the library’s most frequently used resources:
- Texas statutes and session laws
- House and senate journals
- Interim committee charges and reports
- Online databases and websites
- Cataloged Texas document collection
- Legislative bill files (63rd-present) and Legislative Archive System scanned bill files (51st-77th)
- Research reports
- Statutes of other states
Librarians conduct research for legislative staff and are available to
assist staff and members of the public in locating appropriate materials. The library also provides the following services:
- Telephone information—A toll-free telephone number, (877) 824-7038, is in operation from the first day of session through the end of June following the session to provide information on bills and resolutions (indexed by author, subject, and number), legislative actions taken on the measures, committee members and activities, and incumbent information.
- Index to Sections Affected—The library maintains an online database listing sections in Texas civil statutes and codes that bills would add, amend, or repeal if passed. This index is available on the library’s website.
- Bill files—The library provides access to files on bills and resolutions introduced in the house and the senate from the 63rd Legislature (1973) through the present. The files contain all versions of bills and resolutions, as well as fiscal notes, impact statements, and committee reports for bills reported out of committee. Bill files cannot be removed from the library, but documents can be viewed in person by appointment or copied. The Legislative Archive System (LAS) on the library's website also provides access to scanned bill files from the 51st Legislature (1949) through the 77th Legislature (2001).
- Legislative clipping service—Staff members compile newspaper clippings relating to issues of interest to legislators and legislative staff. Selected from newspapers across the state, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the clippings, from 1901 to the present, are available to the legislative community through the Daily Legislative Clipping Service database on the legislative intranet, where the articles can be accessed by headline, subject, date, newspaper, or columnist, and for more recent sessions, by bill number.
- Computerized legislative information—Public terminals are available for accessing Texas Legislature Online (TLO) and the Texas Appointments System (TAS).
- Circulating book collection—The library acquires books, reports, studies, and state documents from other states on current issues of interest to the legislative community. Historical materials as well as recently published books are available for loan. New books are highlighted in a quarterly listing, New & Noteworthy.
- Public access to wireless Internet—High speed wireless connectivity to the Internet is provided for laptop computers that meet certain minimum requirements. For more information, see TLO's Wireless Access page.