About Us

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library preserves and houses materials requiring regulation. Because of their uniqueness, value, or fragility, these materials are given great care to protect them from damage or theft and to ensure their proper long-term use.

Hence, Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes available for use printed materials (280,000 books, pamphlets, prints, etc.) and a vast array of items comprising manuscript materials (8,000 manuscript collections including diaries, journals, papers, music scores, university records [including records of retired faculty], and 500,000 photographs).

In keeping with the vision of Brigham Young University, all undergraduates are encouraged to have a graduate-level research experience at BYU. Special Collections wants to help in this mission by allowing all students the opportunity to research the vast collection of primary sources in its holdings. All other patrons outside of BYU including researchers from other universities are also invited to visit and do research.


Welcome from the Special Collections Department Chair.

Events & News

Information about events hosted by Special Collections and links to news about Special Collections.


Information about exhibits hosted by Special Collections.


A brief history of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, including a short biography of Elder L. Tom Perry.


Information about the staff of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.


Information about the hours of operation of Special Collections.


Memorial tributes to influential figures in the history of Special Collections.


Information on donating collections or money to Special Collections.


The Special Collections blog includes announcements and information about our collections.

Related Sites

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Finding Materials

Tools for discovering Special Collections material, including ScholarSearch tips, descriptions of our major collecting areas, and access to library digitized collections.

Policies and Services

Information about Special Collections, including collecting policies, reading room registration, and faculty services.

Last Modified: May 30, 2013

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