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Other libraries

Many of the resources used to research legislative intent are available at other libraries throughout Texas. The Houston and Dallas Public Libraries, as well as the Legislative Reference Library in Austin, own microfilm copies of the bill files from the 63rd (1973) through 70th (1987) Legislative sessions. Other public and academic institutions will own the General and Special Laws of Texas (the "session laws") and the House and Senate Journals as part of their Texas Documents depository program.

We have compiled a partial list of libraries and the resources they have available for legislative intent research; however, for the most current information, please contact the library directly to determine if they have the material you are looking for. A complete list of libraries that participate the the Texas State Publications Depository program may also help you identify other libraries in your area that offer these materials.

  Library Bill files Session laws Journals Statutes
         Legislative Reference Library
1100 N. Congress Ave., Rm. 2N.3
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-1252
Online (12th – 85th Legislatures)
Paper (63rd-83rd Legislatures)
Available in hard copy for most sessions.
Available online for Capitol Complex users.
Yes Yes
  Texas State Library and Archives
1201 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-5455
Archives: (512) 463-5480
Paper (1st-62nd Legislatures) Yes Yes Call for holdings
  Texas State Law Library
205 West 14th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-1722
No Yes Yes Yes
  Tarlton Law Library, Univ. of Texas at Austin
727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 471-7726
No Yes Yes Yes
  Dallas Public Library
Government Information Center (6th Floor)
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-1468
(63rd-70th Legislatures)
Yes Yes Yes
El Paso
  El Paso Public Library
Government Documents
501 N. Oregon St.
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 543-5433
No Yes Yes Yes
  Houston Public Library
500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002
(832) 393-1313
(63rd-70th Legislatures)
Yes Yes Yes
  University of Houston Libraries
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004-2610
(713) 743-1050
No Yes Yes Yes
San Antonio
  San Antonio Public Library
Second Floor - Government Documents
Central Library
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 207-2694
No Yes Yes Yes