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New L. Tom Perry Exhibit

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new permanent exhibition celebrating the life of its namesake—Elder L. Tom Perry. L. Tom Perry served as an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1974 until 2015.

 Prior to his extensive church service, L. Tom Perry was a successful businessman. He enjoyed an especially close relationship with Sam Skaggs, chairman of the American Stores Company. A very generous donation from the Skaggs Foundation to Brigham Young University facilitated the construction of a new Special Collections library that opened in 1999. As a condition of the donation, Skaggs stipulated that the new Special Collections library be named after his close friend and business associate, L. Tom Perry.

 The new exhibit, located in the entryway of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, includes letters, photographs, and memorabilia from the life of Elder L. Tom Perry. Of special note are exhibit materials that highlight the friendship of L. Tom Perry and Sam Skaggs.

 The exhibit is open during Special Collections business hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The public is welcome and admission is free. We hope you will take the opportunity to come and learn a little more about Elder L. Tom Perry.

Free Film—2001: A Space Odyssey

The library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Astronauts travel to the moon to study a black monolith before another mission to Jupiter goes awry due to a malfunctioning computer system. Later regaining control of his spaceship, the surviving astronaut travels through a dazzling star-gate.

Join us on September 28th at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 for a free screening.

Secrets of the HBLL Activity Night

New BYU students are invited to enjoy escape rooms, virtual reality, live music and lots more as they explore the library.

Freshmen can meet their peer mentors, get a snack, test out a green screen room, learn where they can watch movies with their friends, etc.

September 19 from 6:00 until 9:00 pm.


The Life of Books

September 6, at 3:00 pm in the Alice Louise Auditorium.

Tom Mole, Professor of English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh, will present a lecture titled, The Life of Books.

How do we live with books? In the lecture, Tom Mole considers how books as objects become meaningful throughout our lives. For many of us, the source of our attachment to physical books lie in early childhood. At school, we learn to invest emotionally in books as objects in ways that go well beyond the texts they contain. Books are often given on significant occasions, or presented in educational settings. They play an important role in structuring and mediating relationships. And, at the end of our lives, books can be some of the most enduring legacies we leave behind us. Tracking our engagement with books across the life course, this lecture shows how tightly the lives of books and people are entwined.

This event is co-sponsored by the English Department and the BYU Library.

Admission is free.


Free Film: The Return of the King

Friday, August 10, at 6:00 pm, the library will show the third and final film of The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

This is the extended version of The Return of the King. Run time is 4 hours and 23 minutes.

There will be an intermission with prize drawings approximately halfway through the film.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. Feel free to bring a book to read while you wait. We know A Good Book is Hard to Put Down.

As always, bring friends not food to the auditorium.


(If you are curious, at the last film we welcomed 3 Hobbits and 1 Dwarf.)

The Two Towers-Free Friday Film

The Library Film Series presents The Two Towers on Friday, July 13, at 6:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

During the summer the Library is taking a break from its tradition of showing classic films and we’re screening movies based on books.

Planning this series we learned that you don’t just pick any book to make a movie as you can see in this video.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

This is the extended version of the film. Run time is 236 minute (3 hours and fifty six minutes). There will be an intermission approximately halfway through the film.

Doors open at 5:00 pm.

As always, bring friends not food to the auditorium.

Plan ahead, on August 10, we will show The Return of the King.



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.