Texas Tech Libraries Offer Support to Lockney Teachers, Students

Libraries provide educational materials after fire destroys area high school.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

The Texas Tech University Libraries provided Lockney High School with textbooks as well as other educational support.

The Texas Tech University Libraries provided Lockney High School with textbooks as well as other educational support.

The Texas Tech University Libraries is offering its support to students and teachers at Lockney High School after the school was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Jan. 12.

The libraries will loan the school’s teachers Texas State Adopted Textbooks, which have been collected for Texas Tech students who are preparing to be educators.

Students and faculty members from Lockney may also be issued library cards, which will give them access to the library’s wealth of materials, if the school’s library resources cannot be salvaged.

Teachers have been invited to bring their students to the library to take advantage of research tools that students may need to complete research papers.

“We can’t replace everything, especially for teachers who have taught for many years and have files of teaching materials,” said Laura Heinz, associate librarian at TTU libraries. “But, we can help get them to the end of the school year, especially those seniors who are graduating in May.”

TTU librarians made the first of several trips to Lockney Jan. 15. The librarians will continue to work with the teachers to identify what materials are needed to rebuild their teaching resources and help students with their coursework.

“The University Libraries will continue working with the teachers and students of Lockney High School for the remainder of the semester and beyond as the community rebuilds their school,” Heinz said.