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The Fred Parks Law Library

The Law Library supports the law school by providing a teaching and research collection, outstanding service to the community, student education, a fiscally prudent budget, process improvement, and continuing Library staff development.

Library Information

The Fred Parks Law Library
South Texas College of Law Houston
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002-7006

Patron Services Desk: (713) 646-1711
Reference Desk: (713) 646-1712 or email askpat@stcl.edu
Library Fax: (713) 659-2217
Interlibrary Loan: askblanche@stcl.edu

We offer Reference Service In-Person and Virtually.
Virtual Reference is available during all posted Reference Desk Hours via:

  • Email at askpat@stcl.edu
  • Telephone at (713) 646-1712
  • Zoom on request
  • Chat
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Library Hours

Research at Fred Parks Law Library


Access to electronic titles and databases, search for print materials and research guides.
Library Services

Library Services

Reserve collection, Interlibrary loan, and assistance with computers, printers, scanners, and copiers.
Library Policies and Information


Visitor information, Library use and study room policies.
Library Events

Library Events

Attend events by the Fred Parks Law Library of South Texas College of Law Houston
Special Collections

Special Collections

Rare books and manuscript collections, South Texas College of Law Houston archives.
Contact the Library

Contact Us

Library mission, staff, maps, and contact information.
Study Rooms
Combined Years of Legal Research Experience
Accessible Titles
The Houston Mutiny & Riot Records

The Houston Mutiny & Riot Records

The mutiny and riot of African American soldiers that occurred on August 23rd, 1917 at a WWI training camp in Houston, TX, resulted in the largest murder trial in American history. In total 118 soldiers were tried, 110 soldiers were convicted, 19 soldiers were executed, and 91 were sentenced to various terms of confinement. In 2020, South Texas and the NAACP joined together to petition the government for clemency on behalf of these soldiers. Learn more: Law Students Play Key Research Role in Restoring Honor

STCL Houston Catalogs

Historic Catalog & Yearbooks Collection

Originally named the South Texas School of Law, the evolution of the College can be seen in our catalogs. There are the obvious changes, such as tuition increases, the name change, and our separation from the YMCA. Then there are the less obvious ones: our growth and development, hiring of full-time faculty, and having classes during the day. What has remained constant is the dedication to legal education, our students, and our community.

Rooftop Garden & Garden Gnome

The Library’s rooftop terrace is home to a community garden and Oliver Wendell Gnome. Oliver first came to the Library to oversee the garden. His role has since expanded, however, and is now the (not so) unofficial Library mascot He appears in promotional materials, showcases Library resources, and is a rising social media star.

Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

The Library maintains an historical record of all of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
Find all versions since Sept. 1, 1941 to date.

Library Study Guides

Study Guides

The Library collects Study Guides to help students prepare for classes and exams. Most of them are available online. Explore how to find a Study Guide that will meet your needs.

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