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Extended Hours will begin August 27, 2015.
Saturday Hours will begin September 12, 2015.
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
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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

9/9/2016 - 2/28/2017Dirk West Exhibit

Dirk West cartoons on exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library An exhibit on Dirk West, an editorial cartoonist and journalist best remembered for his caricatures of collegiate mascots is now on view at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. Featuring Raider Red the exhibit includes Dirk West’s mascots, cartoons, posters, game programs, and books.
3/2016 - 3/2017The University Archives celebrates "The Women Who Shaped Texas Tech"

The third annual “Women Who Shaped Texas Tech” exhibit is on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. The exhibit, as part of Women’s History Month, honors those who have made lasting impressions on the University’s history.

Featured this year are: Marsha Sharp, former Lady Raiders basketball head coach; Maxine Fry, first female student body president; Hortense Williams Dixon, the first African American to obtain a doctorate from Texas Tech; Anne Lynch, first female Masked Rider; and Edna Gott, the first woman to achieve tenure in the Department of Economics and a founding member of the Women’s Study Program

Through hard work and forward thinking, the women featured in this exhibit helped Texas Tech become and remain an institution dedicated to providing an excellent education for women.
8/14/2014 - 2/01/2015Robert E. Howard, Creator of Conan the Barbarian

A writer of short fiction, Robert E. Howard would find readers in his hometown of Cross Plains, Texas as well as across the globe. Known primarily as the author of Conan the Barbarian, his writings span oil articles for the Cross Plains Review, correspondence with the likes of H. P. Lovecraft, and fictions—western, boxing, pulp, and, yes, sword & sorcery.
The Southwest Collection holdings include a comprehensive selection of his books, physical & digitized copies of his hometown newspaper, serials, and a growing collection of memorabilia from the annual Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains. His work is still represented in Hollywood films, comic books, podcasts, blogs, as well as both fan and research-based societies. This exhibit hopes to capture his diverse legacy.
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.