Texas Tech University

Edna Maynard Gott Lending Library

The library was founded in 1995 honoring Dr. Edna Gott, the first woman awarded tenure in the Department of Economics. Materials provided by the College of Human Science and Preston F. Gott (1919-2002), Professor Emeritus of Physics.

The Florence Brown En Avant Club Scholarship is endowed by Professor Preston Gott, Physics Department, in memory of Edna Maynard Gott. Edna Maynard Gott was a founding member of the Women's & Gender Studies program at Texas Tech.

Over the years the library has grown due to generous donations by former Women's Studies Director, Gwen Sorell, and community supporter Kay Cole.

Our collection covers over 40 different categories ranging in diverse topics covering art, culture, education, feminism, gender, health, history, household, literature (autobiography/biography/fiction/poetry), media, philosophy, psychology, power, politics, race, reproduction, religion, science/technology, sex, sexism, sports, writing, as well as social movements such as the Women's Liberation Movement and the Gay/Lesbian Movement.

We also have a series of Journals including; SIGNS: Women in Culture and Society, National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, Feminist Teacher, Feminist Theory, European Journal of Women's Studies and Feminist Studies.

The library space is open for studying, browsing the book collection and hosting small meetings. It is equipped with a screen for viewing DVDs. Films are available for use in classroom settings.

About Dr. Gott

Edna Maynard Gott was born on March 19, 1920, in Chandler, Texas. After receiving a B.S. in Economics from the University of Texas in 1942 and an M.S. from Texas Tech in 1954, she became an instructor in Economics at Tech. For more than a decade she battled with the department and university administration for equality in teaching rank, promotion, and tenure. In the spring of 1973 she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor, and nine years later became the first woman to achieve tenure in the Department of Economics.

Her work focused on the economic status and challenges facing women and minorities. To advance the cause for women's rights she not only unmasked the inequities toward female faculty in academia, but also coordinated the Lubbock Chapter of the National Organization of Women. Gott was also an active member of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies where she served on the Women in Development committee and was a founding member of the Women's & Gender Studies program.

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Hours of operation

M-F | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Questions?| Email womens.studies@ttu.edu 

Office Hours

The WGS Librarian, Joshua Salmans, MLIS, Assistant Librarian, Outreach & Engagement, Texas Tech University, will be hosting virtual office hours on the following days/times:

Monday - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Wednesday - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

register online Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may join all subsequent office hours with registration.

joshua salmansBio: Joshua Salmans, MLIS, received his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He has been with TTU Libraries since August 2017, where his primary pursuit is finding new intersections with the Texas Tech University and Lubbock communities to cultivate an inviting and welcoming learning environment that promotes the academic library as an inclusive community resource for lifelong learning. His research interests include academic library engaged scholarship and outreach programming with a multi-literacy approach.

How do I access the library?

  • Lending Library location: DRANE Hall RM 259
  • Lending Library Policies and Procedures
  • Lending Library Checkout Sheet (available in DRANE RM 259 upon check out)
  • Lending Library Search Catalogue (coming soon)

Give to the Library

  • In-kind gifts can include rare books, periodicals, and journals

Volunteer Opportunity

Do you need volunteer hours? Do you have a knack for organizing? Have you ever wondered what it's like to work with a collection for a Lending Library? If your answer is yes to any one of these questions, the Women's & Gender Studies needs your help. A volunteer is needed to assist with the final stages of cataloging and updating the collection for an online web-based search system. Please email womens.studies@ttu.edu if interested.



TTU Campus

Mailing Address

2515 15th Street
Box 4-2009
Lubbock, TX 79409-2009

TTU Library

Women's & Gender Studies Subject Library

Joshua Salmans
Assistant Librarian,  Women's & Gender Studies
Office: Library, Mezzanine 111
T 806.834.7007


T (806) 742.4335

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Volunteer Opportunity

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