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Summer Classic Film Schedule

The library is celebrating science fiction this summer with three films that highlight the special effects of their day.

All films start at 7:00 pm in the library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free.

June 14


With over 30 Godzilla films to date people still hold up the original as the best.

In an unusual move for the Library Film Series, we will be screening the original version in Japanese with English subtitles.

Many people grew up watching the export version of the film with English dubbing and the addition of a Hollywood star, but the original film is the one we think people want to see today.

Directed by Ishiro Honda.


96 minutes

Japanese with English subtitles.


July 12

Fantastic Voyage

A decade after Godzilla, Twentieth Century Fox made a new style of science fiction, one that looked at inner space.

A brave rescue team agrees to be miniaturized and injected into an injured scientist. His only chance to survive is surgery carried out inside his brain.

Bright colors and amazing practical effects dominate the screen.


101 minutes


August 9

2001: A Space Odyssey

A legendary film with special effects that still look great decades later, 2001 continues to influence filmmaking to this day.

The library will screen a newer restored version with the audio formatted for modern sound systems.

Only two years after Fantastic Voyage, this film took effects to a new level.


149 minutes

Zitkala-Ša: Commemorating Her Art, Life, And Legacy


Visit the the BYU Library’s Special Collections to learn more about Zitkala-Ša, an influential Dakota writer, educator, musician, and political activist.

Her name, Zitkala-Ša, translates to “Red Bird” in the Lakota language. She was born and raised on the Yankton Indian Reservation until the age of eight when she was taken to a Quaker boarding school where she spent the next three years. Later she studied the violin at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Zitkala-Ša dedicated a significant portion of her life to advocating for various Native nations. She played a pivotal role in the progression of legislation that had a positive impact on Indigenous peoples.

She was the editor of American Indian Magazine and she and her husband co-founded the National Council of American Indians (NCAI).

The NCAI records are part of our collections.

Zitkala-Ša: Commemorating Her Art, Life, And Legacy is located on level 1 of the BYU library.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

Winter Film Schedule 2024

The library offers various films.

Curator Ben Harry presents Archive Classic Films. These films are projected using 16mm film that is part of the BYU Motion Picture Archive. He also presents restored films.

The Library Film Series screens classic films often using the latest restored digital version.

All films are shown in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium located on level 1 of the BYU Library.

Showtime is 7:00 pm and admission is free.


February 9

Wagon Master

BYU Motion Picture Archive presents our Winter semester ARCHIVE CLASSIC: A screening of WAGON MASTER (1950)

Featuring a special presentation by Dean Duncan of the Media Arts Department.

Legendary Western director John Ford took a break from filming John Wayne classics in Monument Valley when he heard about the amazing story of Latter-day Saint pioneers settling the Moab area. Filmed near Moab, come see this Hollywood portrayal of Utah and church history with an engaged audience, meaningful introduction, and vintage celluloid projection.

This is part of the statewide celebration in 2024 of filmmaking in Utah.



February 16

Hobson’s Choice

Sir David Lean was widely considered one of the most important figures of British cinema.  Known for his epic films including The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A passage to India. The Library Film Series will screen one of his earlier films from 1954, Hobson’s Choice, a comedy/romance.

When businessman Henry Hobson wont let his daughters date or marry they find a way to solve the problem.


March 8 & 9

Restoration Showcase

2024 marks 100 years of filmmaking in Utah.

Curator Ben Harry will screen four newly restored films that were made in Utah.

March 8: Festival of Restoration: PaceYourself (1979) and ­The Phone Call (1977)

March 9: Festival of Restoration: Mercur, Utah: The Town That Can’t Stay Dead (1983), and In One Blinding Moment (1980)



March 22

The Miracle Worker

The story of Anne Sullivan, and her work tutoring Helen Keller.

Starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

Bancroft won for Best Actress and Duke for Best Supporting Actress.



April 12

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

A tale of gold and greed.

This 1948 film was the first time a father and son won Academy Awards, Walter Huston for Best Supporting Actor and John Huston for Best Director.


May 10

The Glenn Miller Story

Each May we celebrate James Stewart’s birthday by screening one of his films. this year we’ve selected the life story of band leader Glenn Miller. One great feature of this  film are the cameos by musicians who performed with Miller.


Cozy Fest on February 2: Crafts & Fun!

Winter can be tough but you can find fun at Cozy Fest, the library night of rafts and more.

Join us from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the new Makerspace on level 4.

It’s free!



Accepting Applications to Teach in the Experiential Studio for Spring/Summer/Fall 2024

The Experiential Studio – on level four of the Harold B. Lee Library – provides an environment uniquely designed to support interdisciplinary, library-integrated, and experiential learning.

Priority applications to teach in the space during 2024 will be accepted through Friday, February 9, with results out the following Friday. Applications will still be accepted after this time but will depend on availability.

To learn more about the Studio and how to apply to teach in this unique space, go to: https://lib.byu.edu/services/experiential-studio/

Study Break

The library has a long tradition of providing study breaks for students who have spent many hours in the library preparing for finals and finishing papers.

Some of the Help Desks provide fun break activities and for those looking for an opportunity to stand up and explore the library we have installed our Pong game that was featured in last year’s “Latter-day Gaming” exhibit.

You can find it on level 1 near the south end of the building.



October 30, Karin Wulf, Professor of History, Brown University, Director & Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library

Karin Wulf: Professor of History, Brown University, Director & Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library

Monday, 30 OCT, 2:00 PM | Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium , HBLL 1080

Wilford Woodruff at the Crossroads of American Genealogy:

Wilford Woodruff was both archetype and exception, inheritor of a deep genealogical tradition, and innovator of genealogy’s American future. This talk explores his and his family’s background as exemplars of genealogical practices in early British America, and the ways that the founding of the Utah Genealogical Society exemplified the new directions genealogy would take. This talk draws on research from both Wulf’s forthcoming book, Lineage: Genealogy and the Power of Connection in Early America and an essay for the Journal of Mormon History.

The Waters of Mormon, Thursday, October 12

The Waters of Mormon is a concert film of songs on Book of Mormon texts.

7:30 pm, Thursday 12 October 2023

Reynolds Auditorium, 1160 HBLL


Film by Scott Cook

Music by Christian Asplund


Mark Ammons

Kevin Anthony

Rob Brandt

Kristine Haglund

Melissa Heath

Michael Hicks

Rex Kocherhans

Kate Monson

Sonja Poulter

Steve Ricks

Clayne Robison

Discussion to follow moderated by Joseph Spencer with Asplund, Cook, Haglund, Monson.


Library Film Series Fall Schedule

Join us each month for a classic film.

Films start at 7:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free.


September 22

To Catch A Thief 1955

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in the story of a retired burglar who is accused of returning to a life of crime. The only way for him to clear his name is to catch the actual thief.

106 minutes


October 27

Dracula 1931

This film is credited with launching Hollywood’s love of horror films. Bela Lugosi plays the title role. The film takes Dracula from Transylvania to London, where the vampire hopes to spend his days in polite society and his nights hunting for victims.

75 minutes


November 10

Charade 1963


This film 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


December 8

It’s A Wonderful Life 1946


Every few years we screen James Stewart’s personal film copy of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Curator Ben Harry will bring Stewart’s film out of the vault and share it with the public for one screening.

131 minutes