Texas Tech University

Evacuation & Shelter


In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building (such as a fire, significant toxic gas release, explosion, etc.), please follow the evacuation routes below and leave the building.

When evacuating the building, leave by the nearest staircase. DO NOT use the elevators unless under police or fire department supervision.

Please check the evacuation route maps or floor plans posted around the building for the route of the quickest egress.


If a tornado warning is officially issued for Lubbock County, please remain within the building in designated areas. The preferred location for the University library is the basement. Safe shelter locations for the Southwest Collection are interior hallways.

Please check the shelter map to find the designated tornado safe sheltering areas indicated by shading on the building floor plans The basements can be accessed only via the stairways labeled on the shelter map.