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Saturday Hours will begin September 9, 2017.
Extended Hours will begin September 12, 2017.
Our gallery and reading room are open year-round.
Summer hours are Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm. and Sat., 9 am to 1 pm
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Tues., Thur., 9 am to 7 pm
Sat., 9 am to 1 pm
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Current Exhibits

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library exhibits program offers many treats to patrons under the three turrets of our facility on the Texas Tech University campus. More information on our exhibits can be found here.

Current shows include

9/2017 - 3/2018Preserving the Past: Celebrating 20 Years in Our New Home

This exhibit highlights 20 years of publicizing the holdings of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in its new home. Photos of the Southwest Collection’s old home in the Math building, the groundbreaking, and construction of the new building form the exhibit’s centerpiece.

Selections from exhibits that highlight the major departments of the SWC/SCL are also present. The Southwest Collection; University Archives; Rare Books unit; Sowell Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World; Crossroads of Music Archive; Bibliographic Services; and the Photography and Oral History collections are all represented. Highlights from other prominent exhibits, such as “Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New” and “Texas Tech: Then and Now,” are featured as well.
3/2017-9/2017Fall Into Diversity: My Story
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will honor Women’s History Month during March with an exhibit about groundbreaking alumnae and faculty who have shaped Texas Tech University’s history. The third annual exhibit will honor these Women Who Shaped Texas Tech:
  • Jeannine McHaney, founder of the women’s athletic program at Texas Tech.

  • Ginger Kerrick, an alumna of the physics department who became the first Latina flight director at NASA.

  • Tina Fuentes, a nationally established artist who taught at Texas Tech for more than 30 years.

  • Anita Harrison, the first Lubbock-born Latina to attend Lubbock schools K-12, attend all undergraduate years at Texas Tech and successfully graduate.

  • Stella Courtney Crockett, the first African American graduate who attended K-12 schools in Lubbock and all four consecutive years at Texas Tech.
Bios of all the women included in the exhibits are available for viewing on the “Notable Women from Texas Tech History” page at, as well as on the “Texas Tech Women’s History Timeline” at
12/1/2016 - 9/2017Remembering Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941:The Seventy-fifth Anniversary
A new exhibit in the Coronelli Rotunda at the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library commemorates this pivotal event in American history and features excerpts from oral histories and manuscripts permanently housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.
5/2016-5/2017Chris Oglesby: Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air, 10th Anniversary
The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL), is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.
An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others. Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.
5/2014 - 9/2015Dr. Sherman Vinograd-Medical Science Director at NASA

During the eighteen years that Dr. Vinograd served as NASA’s Director of Medical Science he led medical engineering and vehicle development research relating to manned space flight. Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of the in-flight Medial Experiments Program, which evaluated human responses to extended space flight in preparation for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab manned space flight programs. His greatest achievement was conceptualizing, establishing, and chairing the Space Medicine Advisory Group (SPAMAG), which was charged with defining the earth-based and space-based research and life-support requirements for a manned orbiting research laboratory. This group proposed an orbiting laboratory designed according to the needs of future human flight crews which resulted in the creation of Skylab. Now on display at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library through September 2015, is an exhibit containing books, photographs, artifacts, and medical and scientific reports. More information on this topic can be found in the Sherman P. Vinograd Papers.
5/1/2014CENSORED! Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.
11/15/2013 - 9/30/2014Texas Tech: Then & Now

Contrasting campus scenes of the last eighty five years are shown in 68 photographs in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
2/2012 - 12/2012John Burroughs Award Winners - Holden Reading Room
Featuring Sowell Collection Writers and John Burroughs Award Winners: Barry Lopez, David Quammen, Gary Nabhan along with his Award, plus 15 other books by Burroughs Award Winners.