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“Connections,” An Interactive Family History Experience

The BYU Family History Library has a new interactive exhibition, Connections.

Located on level 2 of the BYU Library the exhibition features a wide range of hands-on activities.

Visitors can try an old style microfilm reader, a manual typewriter, and an early desktop computer before exploring the latest digital systems.

There are sections that help you learn about DNA or caption early photographs.

Connections is open during library hours.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

The exhibition will run from August through September, 2019.


Melville’s Birthday

The BYU Library is celebrating Herman Melville’s 200th birthday. On Friday August 2, Curator Maggie Kopp invites everyone to a new exhibition featuring items from the Library’s Melville collection in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. It will be open from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and will remain in place during August. The exhibit highlights Melville’s continuing influence on literature and popular culture.

The Library’s collection includes everything from first editions, correspondence, and graphic novels, to a screen play for Moby Dick written by Ray Bradbury and modern interpretations of his work for small children.

In support of the exhibition, the Library Film Series will present a free screening of the 1965 version of Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck and Orson Wells.

7:00 pm in the Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.


Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Data Management Workshop 2019

August 2, 2019

BYU Harold B. Lee Library

1:00-4:00 pm

Choose from multiple sessions and learn the ins and outs of research data management!

Register for up to three individual sessions for free at the links below.


Data Management Principles 101

1:00-1:50 pm

Building consistent data management practices is critical for any researcher and helps ensure you can navigate your data and various documents now and in the future. Bring your laptop and come prepared for discussion and hands-on activities.



Introduction to Git

1:00-1:50 pm

Learn the basics of using Git, a version-control system for tracking changes to files. Emphasis will be on using Git in a research data management context. No prior knowledge needed.



Safeguarding Your Data

2:00-2:50 pm

Learn about ways to ensure your data remains safe and available to yourself and others. Get to know ScholarsArchive, pick up some pro tips for working with Box, and learn about data repositories for your discipline.



Introduction to OpenRefine

2:00-2:50 pm

OpenRefine is an interactive data transformation tool. Learn the basics of data profiling (assessing the current state of your data) and data cleaning (correcting errors, removing blanks, etc).  No prior knowledge needed.



Sharing Your Data and Research

3:00-3:50 pm

Learn how to add your research to BYU’s institutional repository and obtain a shareable link for your work. Find out how copyright and Creative Commons licensing can help you to both share and protect your work.



Introduction to Regular Expressions

3:00-3:50 pm

Learn about regular expression search patterns (regex) and how to use them to validate data and perform find and replace operations on data. No prior knowledge needed.


Schlocking Through the Universe

With “7,300-ish” daily comics online, Schlock Mercenary is a legend.

Schlock Mercenary is a fun webcomic created by Howard Tayler.

Set in the 31st century it follows the adventures of a roaming gang of mercenaries.



Curator Dainan Skeem has created a behind the scenes look at this space opera.

Stop by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections on level 1 during July.

And yes, that is a legit yarn Schlock.

Summer and Fall Films

June 14

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated tale, this 1939 film stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

80 minutes

7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


August 2

The Library Film Series will show Moby Dick to mark the 200th birthday of Herman Melville. This screening supports an exhibition of Melville materials that will be on display in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections curated by Maggie Kopp.

Directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Ray Bradbury.

116 minutes

7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


Fall Film Schedule

Looking back at 1939

September 20

Gone with the Wind

The Library Film Series kicks off our celebration of 1939 with a true epic. Gone with the Wind starring Clarke Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland.

233 minutes

Please note that this fill will start earlier due to its run time.

6:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


October 25

The Wizard of Oz

One of the quintessential films of 1939, The Wizard of Oz fills the spot of our traditional monster films for Halloween. With witches and flying monkeys it fills the bill.

Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, and Margaret Hamilton.

102 minutes

7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


November 15


John Wayne’s breakout film and the movie that some say boosted westerns from B movies to the A-list. Directed by John Ford.

96 minutes

7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


December 6

Bachelor Mother

The Warner Archive call this  “The classic Christmas movie we bet you’ve never seen.” This 1939 comedy starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven was remade twice.

An RKO Radio picture.

82 Minutes

7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library.


Library and Life Sciences Poster Competition

Over 50 undergraduate students in the Life Sciences are sharing their research via posters on level 2 of the BYU Library.

The posters cover a wide range of topics and the public is invited to walk the hall and learn about life sciences.

On Thursday, March 28 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm the students will be present for a question and answer open house, followed by an award presentation for the best posters.

Refreshments will be served.

The posters are hung in the northwest section of the library in the hall for the Family History library.




Library Spring Break Photo Booth

Take a virtual spring break with the help of the BYU Library.

From 11:00 am until noon on Thursday, March 14, you can stop by the north end of the library’s main floor to spend some time at the beach via our green screen photo booth.

It’s fun and it’s free.

Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture

Dean Susan Rugh will present the 2019 Alice Louise Reynolds Women in Scholarship Lecture.

The Editor Abroad: Travels with Alice.

March 14 at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium.

The public is welcome and admission is free.


Alice Louise Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecture Series


Unselfish service has a lasting effect on what it touches. The unselfish touch of Alice Louise Reynolds can still be felt at Brigham Young University. The Harold B. Lee Library can trace its beginnings to a committee on which Miss Reynolds served, first as a member and later as chair. She devoted many years to building the dream of a large and comprehensive university library at BYU. Today the Harold B. Lee Library stands as a monument to her dedication and vision.

This lecture series has been established to honor Alice Louise Reynolds and to feature women in scholarship. It is through the generosity of members of the Alice Louise Reynolds Clubs and other Friends of the Library that the endowment for this annual lectureship has been made possible.

Education in Zion Celebrates its Reopening

To celebrate its reopening, the Education in Zion Gallery, located on the east side of the JFSB, will be holding an event on January 30th, 2019, from 3:00 to 6:30 PM, where the public is welcome to come tour the refreshed gallery space. Visitors can meet Col. Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber, beginning at 3:00 pm. At 4:00 pm, composer Janice Kapp Perry will lead visitors in singing a medley of her beloved Primary songs followed by a riveting dance performance by BYU performing arts groups. A similar program will take place at 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Following the program visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite new displays and the results will be shared on social media the following day. Crumbl Cookies™ will be served. The public is invited and admission is always free.

Since it opened in 2008, nearly 300,000 patrons have visited the Education in Zion Gallery. It was time to update and refresh the exhibition.

Multiple rooms now contain new interactive displays, but one of the most important aspects of the refresh was incorporating an overarching idea through which patrons could apply and process the information in the gallery. Because of this “interpretive lens,” patrons can form a fresh, exciting view of what getting an eternal education means.

This new overarching idea refers specifically to the circle and the square. In classical civilizations, the square symbolized the earth, and the circle symbolized eternity. When inscribed together, these two shapes–known as a “squared circle” –represent the need for both worldly knowledge and spiritual knowledge. Commonly seen in architecture throughout the state of Utah–including many temples–this concept ties in beautifully to the gallery’s focus on how students at BYU can receive education from both secular and spiritual perspectives, setting the school apart from most others in the world.

As visitors come to explore the refreshed gallery space, they can learn more about how the symbolism of the circle and the square relate to the development of educational programs in the Church and the history of BYU. As early Church members relied on a cycle of study, experience, and revelation, and as the founders of BYU developed the four aims, they tried to create an environment where everything they learned would benefit their eternal development.

Holiday Welcome

Between the last final exam in December and the start of class in January, campus is quiet.

The library is doubly so, but we are still helping patrons.

For many people it is the best time to do research or just relax and enjoy a book.

We hope you will join us.

Please note our reduced hours during the break.


December 21–22

8a–6p; services limited to Level 3 HelpDesk

December 24–25


December 26–28

8a–6p; all services available

December 29

8a–6p; services limited to Level 3 HelpDesk

December 31–January 1


January 2–4

8a–6p; all services available

January 5

8a–6p; services limited to Level 3 HelpDesk