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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

Free Film: It’s a Wonderful Life

Celebrate Christmas with the library on December 7 with It’s a Wonderful Life.

One of the greatest holiday films of all time, this is the last show in the Library Film Series fall line up.

Curator Ben Harry of the Library’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections will pull James Stewart’s personal 16mm copy of the film from the vault.

Brian Wages will present a short introduction on the history of the film.

For movie lovers this is a rare opportunity to watch the film version projected on a big screen.

As always our films are free and the public is welcome.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the films start at 7:00 pm.

Winter Film Series

The Library Film Series winter schedule is out.

All films start at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library. (Bring friends, not food.)

Admission is free.

January 25, The Great Race

January 25

The Great Race

Don’t let the title fool you, this film has almost nothing in common with the reality TV shows with similar names.

This 1965 film stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood. It was directed by Blake Edwards. When it was released, this movie wasn’t loved by film critics, but today Jack Lemmon’s character, Professor Fate, has found a new following. The Great Race features custom cars, amazing locations, 4,000 pies, a huge cast, and lots of action.

Oscar winner for Best Effects, Sound Effects.

160 minutes


February 22, Charade

February 22


This film that is a thriller, a romance, and a comedy all in one. Released in 1963, the film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Filmed on location in Paris, with a soundtrack by Henry Mancini, and a strong screenplay, it is a great example of mid-century films.

114 Minutes



March 22, The Quiet Man

March 22

The Quiet Man

Directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne. This 1952 film was shot on location in Ireland, quite a change for Ford and Wayne’s films, normally set in the southwestern United States.

The story of a troubled boxer who returns home to settle down and live in peace until he finds conflict with another land owner and his sister.

129 Minutes


April 12, You Can't Take It With You

April 12

You Can’t Take It With You

Directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart, this Academy Award winning 1938 film is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play. Still an audience favorite after all these years.

126 Minutes





May 17, A Hard Day's Night

May 17

A Hard Day’s Night

The library is planning a vinyl record exhibition in the spring. We’re supporting it with a student requested film, A Hard Day’s Night.

This 1964 mock documentary captures all the energy of the Beatle’s film debut just as John, Paul, George, and Ringo achieved world fame.

87 Minutes

Upcoming Films

The Library Film Series has three more films this semester.

October 26, Frankenstein

One of the greatest monster movies of all time, the 1931 version of Frankenstein is the source of countless tributes and parodies. Starring Boris Karloff, this is the film that made him a star.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel. There will be several events on campus including a lecture that day in the Library at 3:00 by professors Cutchins and Perry of the English department who will speak on the many adaptations of Frankenstein.

November 9, North by Northwest

This 1959 thriller starring Eva Marie Saint, Cary Grant, and James Mason was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screen writer, Ernest Lehman, set out to write “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures.”

December 7, It’s a Wonderful Life

We’ll finish the season with a return to a favorite. It has been years since we screened It’s a Wonderful Life. The Library’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections has James Stewart’s personal copy of the film in their vault.

As always our films are free and the public is welcome.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the films start at 7:00 pm.

American Archives Month Activities

October is American Archives Month and the BYU Library has lined up a series of events for people who enjoy touching a piece of history.

Archives Month activities kick off on Tuesday, October 2, when the library’s Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Chris McAfee, hosts a “Conservation Roadshow” where the public is invited to bring their own rare books, diaries, documents, and photographs to the library for evaluation and advice on preservation.

The library’s new film curator, Ben Harry, will present a public screening of the classic horror film from 1940, The Mummy’s Hand on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm. This film was a follow-up to the original Mummy film and it was popular enough to spawn three sequels of its own.

Other events for Archives Month include a lecture by Dr. Kenneth L. Alford, on Calvin Smith, the son of Church president Joseph F. Smith. He served as one of only three Latter-day Saint chaplains during World War I. Wounded twice in front-line combat and recommended for a battlefield promotion, Chaplain Smith actively participated during three major offensives in France and Belgium. Calvin S. SmithUtah “Fighting Chaplain” in the Great War will take place in the library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 pm.

New this year is a “Home Movie Day” on Saturday, October 20, from noon until 4:00 pm. Families are invited to bring a home movie and screen it in the Special Collections classroom. Projectors and screens will be provided and experts on film will be on hand to give advice on where to find help transferring films to digital formats as well as how to preserve old films and related materials for your family.

The most popular event of Archives Month, the annual “Hold a First Edition Book of Mormon Day” is scheduled for October 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Each year the archivists go to the library’s vaults and bring out one or two copies of the famous book. Everyone is invited to hold it and learn the story of how and where it was made. Participants also get a quick lesson in rare book handling and care. People are constantly surprised that they aren’t asked to wear white gloves like they see experts doing on TV, but Special Collections Reference Specialist Cindy Brightenburg, who has worked with thousands of rare and unique books points out, “When wearing gloves people are more likely to drop books or tear the paper when turning a page. If people wash their hands then there won’t be any oil or dirt, and those are the things that hurt the books.”

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. Admission to all Archives Month activities is free and the public is welcome. You can learn more about Archives Month by contacting the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at 810-422-3175, or visiting their website at https://lib.byu.edu/special-collections/.

Calvin S. Smith—Utah’s “Fighting Chaplain” in The Great War

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:00 PM
1060 HBLL—The Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium


Dr. Kenneth L. Alford, Professor of Church History and Doctrine, will present a lecture, Calvin S. SmithUtah “Fighting Chaplain” in the Great War as part of the L. Tom Perry Special colletions’ Archives Month activities.

Calvin S. Smith, a son of Church president Joseph F. Smith, served as one of only three Latter-day Saint chaplains during World War I.   Wounded twice in front-line combat and recommended for a battlefield promotion, Chaplain Smith actively participated during three major offensives in France and Belgium. This presentation will share the interesting, inspiring, and sometimes humorous story of thisgenuine American hero.

The public is welcome and admission is free.



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.