Masters of Library Science

Resources & Information for BYU Employees


Value of MLS Internships

The HBLL intern program is a great way to be mentored by current library professionals and get real work experience in BYU’s library. This program allows full-time BYU students to be hired on as student interns for 130 hours. The position is paid and the hours can be very flexible. Often, students can be matched with internship opportunities that relate to specific areas of interest. We recommend that all students interested in earning an MLS degree participate to learn more about libraries and the specific roles academic librarians fulfill.

Who to Contact

Michael Whitchurch
Digital Learning Services Librarian
BYU Provo
2226 Harold B. Lee Library


Department Descriptions

The following is a list of departments at the Harold B. Lee Library where internships may be available.

Access Services


Circulation’s goal is to facilitate faculty teaching and research, and to provide current and global resources for students. Their services are intended for the students, teachers and administrators of the Church Education System (excluding Seminary students), the Family History Library, the Church Historical Department, and all General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services provides scholarly materials to students, faculty, employees, and the community. If we do not have necessary items at the Harold B. Lee library or through one of its many databases we will request it from another library or institution. We offer delivery services of print materials to faculty and graduate students as well as electronic delivery of articles to all BYU patrons. We also lend our own collections to other libraries and their patrons for their individual research needs. It is our pleasure to offer these wonderful services in a timely manner to help support the teaching and learning locally at BYU and in the global community at large.


The Acquisitions Department is responsible for ordering and receiving materials for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. We support the mission of the library and the university.

Asian Collection

This department chooses, processes, and shelves the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean books in the Asian Collection. It works with faculty members teaching Asian classes that use the collection. As Asian Studies librarian, Gail King does collection development for all subjects related to Asian Studies in any language (the Asian Collection is a subset of this role), and works with the Asian Studies faculty members in their teaching and research needs.


The mission of the Catalog Department is to develop and maintain a unified catalog of the holdings of the Harold B. Lee Library which provides thorough, accurate and timely bibliographic identification of all items in the collection, as well as an effective means of accessing records by bibliographic or subject terms; and to organize these holdings into subject, reference and special collections in accordance with standard classification schemes and local needs.

Digital Preservation

Digital preservation is a new area of the library that ensures the continuing access of the university’s digital materials. Digital preservation encompasses university records, office records, databases, digital images, digital media materials, and others. It is important that all university employees are aware of the need for digital preservation so that the history of the university is maintained, and that the important university records are accessible for those who need to use them.

Family History and Religion

To assist and instruct students, faculty, and other patrons in finding and using scholarly information available in the Religion / Family History Section. Resources include one million microforms covering all subjects, the largest family and local history collection of any academic library in the United States , and the world’s largest circulating Mormon Studies collection. The section’s general religion collection covers the whole range of world religious experience, representing all major religious denominations, Christian and non-Christian.


The Humanities Department covers the following subjects: African Studies, American Sign Language, Ancient Studies, Art, Communications, Comparative Literature, Dance, Design, English and American Language and Literature, European Studies, Film, French Language and Literature, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Humanities, Italian Language and Literature, Latin American Studies, Linguistics and TESL, Media Arts, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Portuguese Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature and Theatre.

Music and Dance

The Music and Dance Library serves a variety of related professional musical organizations, remote scholars, the entire campus, local community and worldwide membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collections of the Music and Dance Library rank among the finest and most respected of the nation. Employees work extensively with books, manuscripts, scores, journals, magazines, special collections items, and more.

Learning Commons

The mission of the Information Commons is to help library patrons find and use library and other information resources — especially those of a general nature — and to refer patrons to other library services as needed.

Library Instruction and Information Literacy

The Library Instruction and Information Literacy department provides students with training to effectively find, evaluate, and use information. The department helps students develop research skills by providing course-related instruction sessions and by offering a variety of learning opportunities including demonstrations, hands-on practice, one-on-one research consultations, and web-based tutorials.

Media Center

The Lee Library Learning Resource Center (LRC) exists to maintain and make available to patrons non-print (multimedia) materials and equipment required to use them. Materials collected include compact discs, videos, laser discs, digital video discs (DVD’s), and audio cassettes. Electronic equipment is available for patrons to use these materials for classes, scholarly work, and enjoyment. LRC personnel are trained to assist all patrons — faculty, staff, students, and others — to help locate materials and use the listening, viewing, and computer equipment to accomplish their educational goals.

Science and Maps

The Science/Maps Department provides reference services in using the Science and Map Collections. Our Collections include books and serials in both printed and electronic formats. The subjects include the chemical sciences, (chemistry, chemical engineering, food science, nutrition, molecular biology), engineering sciences (civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, construction management), life sciences (agronomy, animal sciences, biology, botany, health science, horticulture, medicine, microbiology, nursing, range science, sports medicine, zoology), and physical sciences (astronomy, mathematics, physics, statistics, maps, geography, and geology).

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences/Education department provides high quality reference service, library use instruction, and collection development service in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, family studies, political science, international relations, recreation, education, history, and anthropology.

Juvenile Literature

The Juvenile Literature Collection supports the curricular, research, and scholarship activities of the students and faculty of the University. Adults are the intended users of this collection, which contains a broad spectrum of materials published for young people. The library seeks to provide quality collections, information/reference services, and instruction in a timely and effective manner to students, faculty, staff and community who use the Juvenile Literature Collection.

Management and Economics

The Management and Economics portion of the library strives to provide the most current resources for business students. The department maintains databases, on-line journals and newspapers, and a large collection of business books and study guides.

Special Collections

Special Collections preserves and makes available rare unique library materials in original and digital forms. The library holds 375,000 rare books and print matter, over 1.2 million photographs and 11,000 unique manuscript and archival collections. The library also offers numerous exhibits, lectures, tours and conferences related to its holdings.

University Records Management

To maintain a comprehensive records management program for Brigham Young University. This includes teaching sound records management principles, supporting access to information for legal, financial and operational decisions, and assisting in the appraisal of historical university records and delivery of them to University Archives.