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Opera Arias Live in the Library December 6

In a series of four mini concerts, students from the School of Music and Music Special Collections will perform pieces housed within the Harold B. Lee Library’s musical collections.

This concert features student employees of the Music Special Collections who will perform opera arias.

Noon, December 6, in the library auditorium.


As always the library auditorium asks that you bring friends not food.




Geospatial Services and Training, located in the library, provides training and access to GIS technology.  They will have a station set up on the main floor of the HBLL on Wednesday, November 15th with activities for GIS Day. 

The first GIS Day took place in 1999 and since then has been held the third Wednesday of every November as part of Geography Awareness Week.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are designed to visualize, analyze, and interpret spatial data.  Using computer software, one can find spatial patterns, trends, and relationships in seemingly unrelated data.  GIS is a powerful and versatile tool that can be applied in many fields and disciplines. It effectively is the science of where, and anything that has a geographic location associated with it can be analyzed using GIS.

Come find us near the circulation desk on the 3rd floor of the library on GIS day to learn more!


October is American Archives Month

Celebrate American Archives Month with curators and conservators of the library.

Special Collections, from BYU History to Pop Culture

Wednesday, October 4th, 11:00am – 1:00pm, HBLL 3rd floor

Did you know that L. Tom Perry Special Collections is the repository for BYU historical records?  Did you know that we are collecting current 21st Century Mormon history?  Come see a display of BYU yearbooks and newspapers from past centuries combined with current archival collections from the past few years.  The curators for these collections will be on hand to answer any questions.  Giveaways will include one-of-a-kind postcards and a Limited Edition L. Tom Perry Special Collections Pin to the first 100 visitors at the booth who “follow” us on one of our social media sites.

Conservation Roadshow

Wednesday, October 11th, 1:00-4:00 pm, HBLL 3452

Bring your journals, photographs, and other artifacts to the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Lab (3452 HBLL) and learn how to care for them. Christina Thomas and Christopher McAfee, conservators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will evaluate your personal and family heirlooms and share best ways to repair and store these priceless items. You can also come to get an inside look at what goes on behind the Conservation Lab doors.

Famous Signatures from the Archive

Tuesday, October 17th, from 3:30 to 4:30pm, HBLL 1131

For one day only, L. Tom Perry Special Collections will display original documents from the Vault, signed by famous historical figures such as George Washington, Joseph Smith, Charles Dickens, Jane Addams, Ida McKinley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Isaac Asimov, Jimmy Stewart and others. This event is open to everyone.

The Making of The Saint John’s Bible

Tuesday, October 24th, 3:00-4:00 pm, HBLL 1160

The Saint John’s Bible, a work of art and theology, was created by a group of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota. The result is a stunning amalgam of the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with a modern flair. The Harold B. Lee Library owns the only copy in the state of Utah of the remarkable seven-volume Heritage Edition facsimile of this bible.

Join us for a fascinating and informative discussion of the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Saint John’s Bible with special guest speaker Brad Neary, Director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program at Saint John’s University in Minnesota.  Following the presentation, you are invited to view all seven volumes of the Heritage Edition in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections classroom.

Hold a 1st Edition Book of Mormon

Thursday, October 26th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm HBLL 3rd floor

In late 1829, Joseph Smith arranged to have the Book of Mormon printed by E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and the first copy was off the press by March, 1830. Today, it’s estimated that fewer than 700 copies survive. BYU owns six copies of the 1830 Book of Mormon. Each copy is a treasure, and we take great care to preserve them. Each copy is also a connection to the Church’s foundation and the testimonies that motivated the first generation of Latter-day Saints. The Harold B. Lee Library and L. Tom Perry Special Collections invites you to visit the HBLL 3rd floor atrium to hold one of our copies and take a moment to turn a few pages.

Horror and Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, October 31st, 1:00 pm, HBLL 1131

Come listen to Dr. Carl Sederholm discuss Edgar Allan Poe and the tradition of horror. Afterward, see some spooky and strange things in Special Collections’ “Strange Things from the Archives” exhibit including February 1845’s The American Review where Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was first published.

Got Kids? Study Here

The freshmen are nowhere near the youngest people on campus. Some students have children of their own and we know it can be difficult to find a study space with little ones in tow. Today the library, with a lot of help from Physical Facilities, completed work on a Family-friendly Study Room.

Located on level 3, the main floor of the library, this space offers a fort to play on, tables for activities, and of course story books. Parents will appreciate the child friendly restrooms, sinks & paper towels for clean up, glass walled study areas where people can keep an eye on activities in the room, and a room for nursing mothers.


CID Studio: Call for Proposals

Did you know that there is a teaching space in the Harold B. Lee Library dedicated to fostering creative thinking to solve problems? The Creativity, Innovation, and Design Studio provides an environment for students across all majors and backgrounds to collaborate with each other, as well as with faculty and subject librarians, to efficiently come up with solutions for today’s societal problems.

The Creativity, Innovation, and Design Studio is currently accepting applications from faculty interested in teaching in the space during Fall 2017. Strong applicants will have an interdisciplinary course that is design-focused and can be integrated with any of the subject librarians, who will be assigned to the course based on the nature of the problem being studied. The CID Studio features design-friendly furniture, break-out rooms, expanded prototyping materials, and two new 85” flat panel displays.

Apply here to use the CID Studio. Once your application has been processed and accepted, the CID Group will assign a subject librarian to your course and arrange an introduction, as well as provide a brief orientation to working with librarians and using the CID Studio. The application deadline to teach in Fall 2017 is Tuesday, August 15.

Questions? Please contact Rick West (rick_west@byu.edu), Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology; Emily Darowski (emily_darowski@byu.edu), Psychology Librarian; or Elizabeth Smart (elizabeth_smart@byu.edu), Humanities & Media Librarian.

Walking With Thoreau


The L. Tom Perry Special Collections are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday by opening a new exhibition of his published works.

Located on level 1 of the library the exhibit includes Walden or Life in the Woods and other books.

All of the volumes on display are first editions.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The exhibit, Walking with Thoreau: 200th Anniversary Celebration, is open during regular Special Collections Hours.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. *closed Tuesdays 10:45AM-12 noon
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed.

Mormon Pop Culture

You can’t say we don’t have a sense of humor. The L. Tom Perry Special Collections have installed a new exhibition featuring the work of artist Matt Page. Page, whose work online has found loyal followers in the the LDS Bloggernacle under the name “MatsbyArt,” integrates both LDS and pop culture like no one else.

The exhibit, Page on the Arts: Mormon Pop Art, is located on level 1 of the library just inside Special Collections. It features the work of popular LDS artist Matt Page.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

It is open during regular Special Collections Hours.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. *closed Tuesdays 10:45AM-12 noon
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed.

The exhibit will be in place for the month of July.

Film: The Ten Commandments

Join us June 23 at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:00).

Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek.

Cecil B. DeMille made the first feature film in Hollywood in 1914 and, until his death in 1959, was the most successful filmmaker of them all. His crowning achievement, The Ten Commandments, was also the most expensive Hollywood film up to that time. It paved the way for Hollywood’s growing use of visual effects, after the reaction to the still impressive parting of the Red Sea sequence. The story pits the Hebrew-born prince against his avaricious cousin in the court of Sethi, and afterwards as leaders of their kingdoms. There is also a Cold War political edge to Moses’s challenge to Rameses: “Is man the property of the State, or free under God?” DeMille’s second attempt at this subject (the first being in 1923) took him to Egypt for extensive location shooting, including Mt. Sinai. This is the most beloved and enduring of DeMille’s 70 motion pictures. No one could make a movie spectacular quite like Cecil B. DeMille. L.Tom Perry Special Collections is the home of the Cecil B. DeMille Papers, and items from the collection will be shown prior to each of the two complete screenings. Paramount Pictures, 1956. 221 mins. Technicolor. Director: Cecil B. DeMille

The BYU Motion Picture Archive has arranged this screening of the film in conjunction with the exhibition “So Let it be Painted,” which contains the paintings DeMille commissioned Arnold Friberg to create showing the 8 Faces of Moses.

Location: The Harold B. Lee Library auditorium

Cost: Free


The Art of Arnold Friberg

In 1953 the legendary Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille was looking for an artist to help him visualize his last and most significant film, “The Ten Commandments.” Through connections in the art community DeMille found Utah artist Arnold Friberg. DeMille hired Friberg to assist in costume design, but eventually Friberg did much more. The highlight of the library’s new exhibition, “So Let It Be Painted: The Art of Arnold Friberg and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments,” is a series of eight portraits of actor Charlton Heston as Moses. The portraits show the character through his life in the film.

“So Let It Be Painted: The Art of Arnold Friberg and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments,” is located on level 1 of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. The public is welcome and admission is free. The exhibition is open during the regular hours of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am until 6:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday. The exhibit closes for BYU devotionals on Tuesdays from 11:00 am until noon.

Fans of Arnold Friberg should note that the nearby Springville Museum of Art is also hosting an exhibition of the artist’s work, “From the Studio of Arnold Friberg.” Their exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sketches that adorned Friberg’s studio walls and the items he used for reference and study.

The show in Springville closes May 13th.

Learn more at http://www.smofa.org/arnold-friberg.php

Art At A Different Level

Learn about the new art exhibit in the library thanks to BYU news

‘With her new exhibit, a BYU student living with dwarfism invites viewers to see the world through her eyes.

Michelle Stevens, an art aficionado since childhood, has had plenty of experience looking up in galleries and exhibits. Born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, the 22-year-old graphic design student stands 4 feet tall. The angled view of art hung at 5-plus feet gives her a different perspective from other passersby, but, she said, “I can’t always see as much as I would like.”’

Follow this link to read the entire article and watch the video.