Mission StatementThe mission of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library is to provide uncompromising service:
To fellow staff members, in a cooperative effort that recognizes the dignity and worth of individuals and their potential for unique contributions, and therefore promotes more efficient operation and better service to patrons.
To patrons from the university community, by actively striving to determine the researchneeds of faculty, staff and students; by making resources available to the greatest extent possible; and by serving as a center for interdisciplinary activity.
To patrons from the larger regional/national community, by acquiring, preserving, securing and making available the resources that are considered useful for the present and posterity, and by offering outreach programs to inform the public of our resources and mission.
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building
A gallery along the north side of the building houses permanent displays on the Southwest Collection as well as the other units of the University Library, which have offices in the new facility. Those offices include the University Archives, the Archive of the Vietnam Conflict and the Library's Rare Books Collection. Additionally, the facility is the new home for editorial offices of the West Texas Historical Association and its annual yearbook.
Offices in the new building open onto a rotunda beneath the third tower. The Library's 1688 Coronelli Globe is displayed in the rotunda.
Behind the offices are the non-public areas of the new facility where documents and materials are processed. The building includes an accessioning area where materials are received and logged in. From there materials, whether paper records, photographs or films/audiotapes/video tapes, go to their specific areas for processing before they are taken to the stacks or the appropriate vault for storage.
Upstairs the stacks area offers a climate-controlled environment that provides a constant temperature and humidity as well as a positive ventilation outflow which helps prevent the intrusion of bacteria or fungi which could damage valuable books and documents.
Additionally, the facility has a new conservation laboratory funded by the Hoblitzelle Foundation. The Hoblitzelle Conservation Lab will provide an appropriate environment for state-of-the-art preservation of valuable and one-of-a-kind materials.