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Saturday Hours will begin August 18, 2018.
Extended Hours will begin August 28, 2018.
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



9/2018 - 12/2018Appeal of the Seal: The History of the Texas Tech University Seal

Designed in 1924 by the campus' master planner, William Ward Watkin, the seal first appeared on Tech diplomas in 1948, but it wasn't officially approved as "The" Seal of Texas Tech University until 1953. A replica of the seal made of red granite was placed at the Broadway and University entrance to the campus in 1972, it stands 12 feet high and weighs 37,500 pounds. Photos and artifacts featuring the seal such as official china, a TTU stole, and a charm bracelet are also included in the exhibit.
7/2018 - 10/2018BUDDY HOLLY: Life, Legend, Legacy

Since his meteoric rise to fame, Buddy Holly’s career has been celebrated globally. Lubbock’s favorite musical son is featured in a new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL). The exhibit contains photos, posters, ephemera, and artifacts from one of his biggest fans, Bill Griggs. The Bill Griggs Papers are part of the Crossroads of Music Archive in the SWC/SCL.
11/6/2017 - 12/2018“Food and …” The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

A new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library supports the Humanities Center's 2017-2018 theme "Food and..." The Southwest Collection has books, serials, and manuscript collections touching this year’s theme. Items range from cookbooks, to food magazines, to manuscript materials about food, as well as photographs which reflect illustrations of food preparation, crops, and items for consumption. Some of the items on view come from collections such as Rare Books, the Sowell Collection, and University Archives among others. All of these materials are available to researchers.
10/2017 - 12/2018President Grover E. Murray: A Decade of Progress

An exhibit showcasing President Grover Murray and his accomplishments such as overseeing the transition of Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University, the creation of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), forming of the medical and law schools, as well as the construction of numerous campus buildings.
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.
5/1/2014CENSORED! 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.