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Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences

3601 4th Street Stop 7781
Lubbock, TX 79430-7781

Phone: 806-743-2200
Fax: 806-743-2218


Monday - Thursday   7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Special Holiday hours are posted in the Library, or by calling Patron Services, 806-743-2200.




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The Lubbock campus is home to the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences, flagship biomedical library of the three campus, three library array of the Health Sciences Center, with the other two libraries of the multi-campus system located in Amarillo and Odessa. The TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences collectively form one of the Resource Libraries of the National Library of Medicine/South Central Region. While it exists primarily to meet the biomedical and health care information needs of the TTUHSC students, faculty, and staff, the library also serves the wider non-affiliated biomedical community of West Texas, as well as the citizenry of Texas with a wide variety of information services.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center supports the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, and Pharmacy, as well as the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at its Lubbock campus. In all, the three campus libraries provide information support to employees, students, and medical residents, as well as to a large number of unaffiliated health care personnel scattered throughout West Texas.

The new library was dedicated and formally named the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences in ceremonies held on August 13, 1998. Preston Smith, former Governor of Texas and an alumnus of Texas Tech University, was present for these ceremonies.

The facility contains twenty-eight group study rooms, a computer lab in the Learning Resource Center, and a Rare Books Room with adjacent Conference Room. The library has public seating for over three hundred users, as well as eighteen tables and twenty-eight open carrels. Use of the Group Study Rooms is open to TTUHSC students on a first-come, first-served basis. Each of the Group Study Rooms, the open carrel areas, Rare Books Room, Conference Room, as well as the leisure seating areas are outfitted to permit walk-in laptop utilization by library users. Public restrooms are provided on all floors of the facility.

Furnishings and decorations for the Rare Books Room were provided through a $10,000 donation from the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Association. As the moving project neared completion the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences received a generous gift in the form of a valuable collection of Southwestern art. The Martha and Clifford L. Montgomery Collection consists of woodcuts, watercolors, and oil paintings by such artists as Peter Hurd, John Liggett Meigs, and Gustave Baumann. The collection was given to the library with the understanding that all works would be hung so that they might be enjoyed by the public. Accordingly, the collection is on display in the Reference Area in the library. The naming of the library included the creation of a library acquisitions endowment fund in honor of Governor Smith and his late wife, Ima Smith.

We hope that you will find the libraries of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center convenient, well-equipped and ready to meet your information needs.


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The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences serves the TTUHSC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As the major resource of clinical information in West Texas, the library also serves health professionals throughout the area.

Checkout privileges are available for faculty, staff and students of TTUHSC, as well as for faculty and graduate students of Texas Tech University. On-site use of the collection is available to the general public.

For additional information concerning access to services, please contact Stephanie Shippey, Senior Director, Public Services, 806-743-1144.


  • Drinks and food are permitted in the Library.
  • Please be considerate of those near you if you carry a cell phone.
  • Children must be under the direct and constant supervision of an adult so as not to be a disturbance.
  • For your protection, don't leave your personal possessions unattended. Due to liability risks, Patron Services staff will not be responsible for watching patron property. The patron is responsible for their own property.
  • The Second Floor of the Preston Smith Library is dedicated to group projects and studying. The Third Floor is dedicated as a quiet study area. Study rooms are not reserved and are open to TTUHSC students on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals in study rooms may be encouraged to move to a study carrel so that study groups can utilize the study rooms during peak study hours. 


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TTUHSC students, staff, and faculty - to create your library account, login to the catalog with your eRaider and click Your Personal Details. Additional members of the TTU and public community may qualify for TTUHSC library privileges. For more information, please see the library privileges LibGuide.



  • Loan period for books is two weeks.
  • Loan period for audiovisuals is 14 days.
  • Reserve items have a loan period of two hours and must remain in the library.
  • Journals and reference items are available for in-house use only.
  • Faculty may request a month's checkout period with one two week renewal.

Two renewals are allowed by phone (743-2200), in person, or by library catalog. Exceptions are:

  • If the item is overdue.
  • If a HOLD has been placed on the item.


  • Patron Services counter.
  • Book drop in the first level foyer of the library.


  • General collection items--$ .50 per day per item.
  • Reserve items--$ .50 per hour per item.
  • Loss of library privileges until paid.
  • Fines must be paid in cash, check, or debit/credit card. If paying online, please note that amounts below $5.00 will automatically be rounded to the $5.00 minimum. Transactions are human-processed. Allow up to 48 hours for off-hours transactions to credit your library account.
  • In an effort to help patrons avoid overdue fines, courtesy reminder notices will be sent via e-mail two days prior to the day the items are due. However, patrons are responsible for returning items on time, as well as any fines accrued, even if a notice was not received.

Charges include:

  • Cost of the material
  • Processing fee
  • Accrued fines.

Loss of library privileges until paid. Damaged material must still be returned to the library, as it is state property. The same is true of materials reported as lost but later found. Lost items are billed at cost of the item, plus $25.00 handling fee, plus accrued fines. The Koha system already calculates the cost of the book along with the $25.00 handling fee. If the lost item is found, the patron should return it to the library and the previous transaction becomes a donation. The library does not refund money for lost items if and when they are found.


  • Notify Patron Services staff when you have a name, address, phone number, or e-mail address change.


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Copy services offered by the Patron Services staff for materials in this library (Document Delivery) are available for a per page fee which may be charged to a department account or paid by cash, check, or debit/credit card.

Printing Charges:

Laser print copies $ .05/page
Color print copies $ .25/page





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  • DO NOT reshelf books and journals. It is time-consuming for you and usage statistics cannot be collected by staff if patrons reshelf. Place items on any available shelf or table. Library staff will retrieve, record and reshelf the items.

Library staff will assist you if you have difficulty locating materials.


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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is immediately to the left of the entrance gate on the 2nd floor.

ILL HOURS: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
ILL Telephone: 806-743-2210

Service is available to all TTUHSC library card holders requiring books, photocopies of journal articles, or audiovisuals not available at the Lubbock library. An online ILL request form is available to all library account holders.

ILL requests made after 4:00 p.m. are normally processed the following work day, except in the case of a clinical emergency.


  • Materials are received in approximately 2-5 working days for routine requests.
  • RUSH requests are normally received within 24 working hours.


  • Materials are received in approximately 7 to 10 working days.
  • RUSH requests are usually received within 24 working hours.


  • Processed immediately with a goal of 1 hour turnaround time.


  • Patrons are notified by phone when items are received.
  • Pick up is at the Patron Services counter.
  • Cash, check, or debit/card is required at pickup unless a departmental account number is provided on the request.

Contact the TTUHSC Interlibrary Loan Department for document delivery and interlibrary loan fees: Phone: 743-2210; or E-mail:

LOANSOME DOC: For information concerning Loansome Doc agreements, contact Barbara Ballew (743-1145).


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The Library has rooms for group study on a "first come, first served" basis. Selected rooms can be reserved.

  • 8 on the second floor
  • 12 on the third floor
  • 5 in the Learning Resource Center

Group study rooms are available for TTUHSC student use. Individuals may be required to relinquish the room to a group. Each of these rooms is equipped with a dry board, dry markers, and an eraser. Wireless is available in each room.


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Journals on the third floor:
  • Newest issue of journal if available in print.
  • Older journal issues (i.e: 1990s and older)
  • Note: Journals are shelved alphabetically by title.
Books on the second floor:
  • Reserves
  • Leisure Reading collection facing the Rare Book Room
Books on the third floor:
  • Reference and general book collection

Note: Books are shelved by National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Library of Congress (LC) call numbers.


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  • Reference librarians are available: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • They are available in person in the library and can also be contacted by e-mail, phone, FAX, or online reference service. (Contact information below.)
  • They can help patrons do research using: online databases, Internet resources, and print resources.
  • They can perform individualized searches upon request for a fee.
  • Orientations and tours are available either for groups or individuals.
  • Consultation, individual training, or group training is available for a variety of online databases, including PubMed. (Contact information below.)

Research studies show that library information is often the key to proper diagnosis and treatment. The Clinical Medical Librarian (CML) program serves a vital role in providing information for patient care. Several library faculty attend rounds and conferences with physicians and students in participation of this library/clinical department activity. (Contact information below.)

The Library offers several graduate courses in the School of Medicine:
  • A 2 credit-hour, elective course for MSIV medical students on the basics of searching the biomedical literature via PubMed.
  • A 3-credit hour, graduate information management course (GIHC 5319) covers the Internet, database searching, presentation software, mobile devices, spreadsheets, critical appraisal, and informatics.


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Outreach services focus on information needs of health professionals in West Texas. Information and document delivery are provided to any health professional in the TTUHSC service area for nominal fees.

Contract packages are available for institutions needing library or information services and document delivery. Contracts ensure optimum, efficient, and timely use of library services. Among additional benefits are: use of a demonstration core collection, reduced prices for services, priority service, computer searches, borrowing privileges, search training, Loansome Doc access, and online catalog access. Fees for contracts are based on the size of the institution and the services requested.

Individuals receive services through membership in Friends of the Library. (Contact information below.)


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The Friends of the Library program provides access to the services and collections of the TTUHSC Libraries for those individuals not affiliated with TTUHSC. The nonrefundable membership fee is $100 per year.

Membership benefits include:
  • Borrowing privileges at all four TTUHSC libraries.
  • Computer search service.
  • Document delivery service.
  • Search training.
  • Loansome Doc access.
  • Reduced prices for library services.
    (Contact information below.)


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The Libraries' home page is accessible from any campus or off-campus location. Friends of the Library and contract users have access to the Library's electronic resources from computers located within the Library but will not be able to access them from off-campus computers due to licensing agreements with vendors. 

Electronic resources available from the home page include:

  • Catalog of library holdings.
  • A broad range of databases covering medicine, nursing, biomedicine, allied health, pharmacy, psychology, consumer health, and general information.
  • Access to electronic journals.
  • Access to electronic books.
  • Bibliographic management software such as RefWorks and EndNote.

Off-campus access to most of these resources requires a HSC eRaider username and password. Publisher and consortial group terms and conditions determine years of holdings of electronic journals.


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The Learning Resource Center houses the library's nonprint collection, including anatomy models, computers, computer software (word-processing, etc.), videocassettes, audiocassettes, motion pictures, CDs, floppy disks, and 35 MM slides. Class reserve items include audiovisuals and some CAI programs.
LRC General Policies:
  • A TTUHSC library account is required to check out study rooms, AVs, and anatomy models.
  • No library account is required to borrow a LRC desktop. LRC laptop computers require a library account and may only be used on the 2nd and 3rd Floors. 
  • One computer at a time may be checked out.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the LRC.

Materials Available for Checkout:

Class Reserves
  • circulate within the LRC for 2-hour period.
Audiovisual Programs
  • circulate for 14 days, with one renewal.
Board DVDs
  • circulate for 14 days, with one renewal. 
Anatomy Models
Anatomy models may be checked out for two hours and may be used throughout the LRC and Preston Smith Library. A library account is required to borrow.

  • $ .50 per day per item
  • $ .50 per hour for each reserve item
  • LRC privileges are suspended until the record is cleared. 


Computer Hardware & Software
  • A variety of PC amd Mac software is also available for use in the LRC.
  • There are two scanners for patron use.
  • The purpose of these scanners is to support curricular, research, and patient care information needs.
  • These scanners may NOT be used to load materials unless related to the purpose stated above and NOT for anything related to patient confidentiality.
Printing Charges:
Laser print copies $ .05/page
Color print copies $ .25/page

3D Printer
A 3D printer is available to TTUHSC staff, faculty, and students. A Libguide on the 3D printer provides information on cost and policies. 


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1. Those persons using the collections and services of the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences or TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences are reminded that violations of Copyright law (Title 17, United States Code) are criminal activities. This includes the "pirating," or illegal copying of software. Violators run the risk of arrest, substantial fine, and perhaps incarceration. Students discovered in such activities will be reported to their Deans and will be denied library privileges.

2. Attempts by patrons to coerce or otherwise force library staff to violate copyright law are similarly criminal activities, and will result in the suspension of library privileges for those involved. This library system strictly adheres to copyright guidelines and is a member of the CCC (Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.)

3. It is the responsibility of library staff to maintain and monitor the use of the library's computers. It is against library policy for computers maintained by the library to be used for personal use, including personal e-mail. Furthermore, it is illegal to use state property for private or financial gain.

4. Failure to cooperate with library policies regarding circulation, overdues, payment for library services, recalled materials, and computer or scanner usage will result in suspension or cancellation of all library privileges.


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BF Psychology
L Education
QA Mathematics
QD Chemistry

Preclinical Sciences

QS Human Anatomy
QT Physiology
QU Biochemistry
QV Pharmacology
QW Microbiology and Immunology
QX Parasitology
QY Clinical Pathology
QZ Pathology
T Technology

Medicine and Related Subjects

W   Health Professions
WA   Public Health
WB   Practice of Medicine
WC   Communicable Diseases
WD 100 Nutrition Disorders
WD 200 Metabolic Diseases
WD 300 Immunologic and Collagen Diseases. Hypersensitivity
WD 400 Animal Poisons
WD 500 Plant Poisons
WD 600 Diseases and Injuries Caused by Physical Agents
WD 700 Aviation and Space Medicine
WE   Musculoskeletal System
WF   Respiratory System
WG   Cardiovascular System
WH   Hemic and Lymphatic Systems
WI   Digestive System
WJ   Urogenital System
WK   Endocrine System
WL   Nervous System
WM   Psychiatry
WN   Radiology. Diagnostic Imaging
WO   Surgery
WP   Gynecology
WQ   Obstetrics
WR   Dermatology
WS   Pediatrics
WT   Geriatrics. Chronic Disease
WU   Dentistry. Oral Surgery
WV   Otolaryngology
WX   Hospitals and other Health Facilities
WY   Nursing
WZ   History of Medicine


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3D Printer 743-2213
Administration 743-2203  
Audiovisual programs 743-2213  
Clinical Medical Librarian Program 743-1144  
Conference Room, Reservation 743-2203  
Donations 743-2214  
Fax 743-2218  
Fax information 743-2200  
Friends of the Library 743-2209  
Interlibrary Loan 743-2210  
Loansome Doc 743-2210  
Orientations, Library 743-1144  
Outreach Services 743-2209  
Patron Services 743-2200  
Photocopying/Printing 743-2200  
Purchase recommendations 743-2214  
Reference services/database searches:    
      Peggy Edwards 743-2212
      Position Open 743-2230  
      Micah Walsleben 743-2211
      Margaret Vugrin 743-2241
Reserve items 743-2200  
Reserve items, media (LRC) 743-2225  
Renewal, AV 743-2213  
Renewal, book 743-2200  


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Page last updated: December 11, 2017