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Explore the HathiTrust

Imagine what you could find if research libraries across the world all scanned their unique books and shared them with each other. That is just what is happening with the HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Over 130 organizations have joined the partnership and are hard at work creating one of the greatest digital libraries in history. Recently the Harold B. Lee Library joined in. That means that the faculty, staff and students at BYU now have access to research materials from institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame, Mount Holyoak and the New York Public Library. There are also materials from large consortiums and state systems such as the University of California, the University of Texas System, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.


The BYU Library brings its own unique contribution to the system drawing on the items in our collections. By joining the HathiTrust we are boosting the visibility of our resources to researchers around the country.

If you have a BYU login–BYU faculty, staff, students, and dependents do–or if you are using a digital device inside the physical library building you can access the HathiTrust collection through the library website at lib.byu.edu. Simply enter “HathiTrust” and it will be listed as the first item under Research Tools.


Free Software Training Classes

Summer is a great time to boost your software skills by learning a new application or by catching up on recent changes to your go-to programs.

The Library’s Software Training provides instructor-led classes in computer applications to all current BYU students, faculty, missionaries, and employees.

Please bring your BYU I.D. card.

View the latest class schedule at http://lib.byu.edu/services/software-training/

See Harvey in the Library

The BYU Library is celebrating actor Jimmy Stewart’s birthday by showing his favorite film, the 1950 classic Harvey.

The Library’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections hold the James Stewart Collection. The actor donated his papers in 1983, not long after he starred in the film Mr. Krueger’s Christmas along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Library Film Series will present Harvey on May 18, at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out in the library for a very tall rabbit.




Spin Some Vinyl on National Record Day

Records. There is nothing quite like listening to a good oldies album on vinyl. Thanks to records, we have progressed to music as we know it today. On April 19th we will be celebrating National Record Store Day (which is actually the 21st, but we have finals… oh well!) On the 3rd floor of the library we will have a record player set up with various records for you to play with! Stop by between classes or take a study break to listen to albums like the Beach Boys, Foreigner, and more!

Did you know we have an entire room with over 136,000 records on the 4th floor? Just go up to the music and dance area on level 4 and ask the person sitting at the help desk. They will be happy to show you how to use the record players and search the collection.

Get excited as well for our exhibit coming May of next year (2019) entitled “Wax, Shellac, and Vinyl” an exhibit all about records! Just consider National Record Store Day a little sneak peak of the amazing things to come.

Happy listening!


S. Lyman Tyler Award Lecture: Lety Camacho

Join us on Friday, April 13 at 9:00 am to listen to Lety Camacho, Management & Accounting Subject Librarian, as she presents Crossing the Bridge to Academic Publishing.

Camacho is this year’s winner of the S. Lyman Tyler Professionalism Award due to her work that demonstrated significant professional service and productivity as well as her contributions to librarianship and participation in regional and national professional organizations.

This event will be in the Alice Louis Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the Library.

The Documentary Film Series Presents Two Student Films

The Documentary Film Series is back in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium (HBLL 1060) on Thursday, April 5th at 7 PM in conjunction with the School of Communications.

Two student documentaries will be screened – The Underside of Paradise by Paesha Tuttle, a film about mitigating the effects of diabetes in the Fiji Islands, and Just Like Us by Liana Tan, a film about refugee camps in Greece.

A Q&A session will be held with the students after both screenings.

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.