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Virtual Realty For Everyone


Did you know that you can do a virtual reality experience in the library? No need to go to one of those expensive VR places, you can do it for free here on campus!

Located on the second floor in at the Science Help Desk, you can go play games, study for your classes (they even have an anatomy VR!), and travel the world through virtual reality.

Not only are students encouraged to use this fun tool, we encourage faculty to use it as well! (They need to have fun too!) To reserve a spot click HERE. To get to the Science Help Desk just go down the stairs by the Circulation Desk to the second floor and you will see it right in front of you! One of our helpful employees would be more than happy to assist you!

A Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference

Registration is now open for the annual A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference.

The conference will take place on Friday, March 23, with an opening session in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library.

For over a decade the conference has welcomed book collectors to meet, share, and learn from each other along side curators and book dealers. It is a rare opportunity to be up close or even hands on with unique materials from private collections and items from the vaults of BYU.

Seminars featured in this year’s conference include:

We ♥ Little Women: 150 Years of Publishing and Design History

Mormon Hymnals

Noble Fragments: Collecting Leaf Books

Early Utah Paper

More than Green Jell-O and Funeral Potatoes: Collecting LDS Recipes and Cookbooks

The Vices and Virtues of Mormon Fiction

Bazaar Exhibit Gallery Stroll

Thomas Exhibit Gallery Stroll

Collecting, Preserving, and Inspiring: L. Tom Perry Special Collections

The History of the Doctrine and Covenants

This year the conference welcomes  special guests, Peter and Donna Thomas.

The Thomas’ have been making fine press and artist’s books for over 4 decades.

To learn more about the conference or to register visit https://adlbc2018.com/.


Love Your Library Week 2018

The week of February 12 through 16 is our annual “Love Your Library Week.”


The library is setting up a Blind Date with a Book. Readers are invited to choose a wrapped book based only on its “dating profile.”

Monday through Wednesday

The library will have a Love Your Library Booth where patrons can share why they love the library on a paper heart. The hearts will be posted on the library stairs for everyone to read (it’s like unplugged social media). As always, there will be treats for people who write on the hearts.

Monday through Friday

The library is hosting a Love Your Library Photo Contest. Submit your favorite library photo by posting online using #byuloveyourlib. The winner gets some great limited-edition library swag.


Wrap up the week at the Library Film Series. Enjoy the classic 1954 film Desk Set starring Kathrine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The film tells the story of some amazing librarians who fight a giant computer (we’re not biased). Admission is free, doors open at 6:00 and the film starts at 7:00. As always, bring friends not food to the library auditorium.



Library Film Series

The library Film Series returns this winter with a new lineup of classic films.

January 26, the series kicks off with one of the most popular romantic comedies from the 1960s, How to Steal a Million.

This films stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole as amateur thieves who break into a museum to save her family’s reputation. Filmed in Paris, and boasting costumes by Givenchy, fans of classic films are in for a treat.

In February, on Friday the 16th, the library celebrates Love Your Library Week with the film Desk Set. A battle between brilliant librarians (we’re not biased) and a new computer sets the stage for a showdown at the office. Released in 1954, this film stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Spring is the time when the library has traditionally shown a classic comedy. This year on March 9, we’re screening A Night at the Opera from 1935. We can pretend we selected this film to promote our collection of music scores, our music special collections, or even our harp library, but it really is for fun. A Night at the Opera is considered by many to be the Marx Brothers’ best film. Plan for a night of fun.

In April (on the night of the 13th) we will wrap up the film series with a nod to the Max Steiner Collection that we hold in our Special Collections. Steiner composed many famous movie scores including the one for Casablanca. Released in 1942, this film, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, continues to be popular.

We hope you will join us. All the films begin at 7:00 pm. The library auditorium doors open at 6:00.

As always bring friends but not food to the auditorium.

Admission is free.

Extended Hours

From now until December 20 the library will remain open until 2:00 am on weeknights to help you study.

Services will be limited after regular hours.

Bazaar Culture: Women’s Work at Victorian Fundraising Fairs.

Leslee Thorne-Murphy from the BYU English Department will present the lecture Bazaar Culture: Women’s Work at Victorian Fundraising Fairs, on Thursday, November 30 at noon in the library auditorium.

The lecture is part of the events surrounding The L. Tom Perry Special Collections new exhibition, Welcome to our Charity Bazaar.

Charity bazaars, or “fancy fairs,” were a popular event in Victorian times. The goal of bazaars was to sell hand-crafted and donated goods to passers by. Often items were over priced, but patrons understood the money was going to a good cause.

Following the lecture everyone is invited to tour the exhibition.



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.