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Library Film Series Fall 2021

The Library Film Series returns this fall with a schedule full of popular films and two unique opportunities.

We’re trying something new, matinees. We hope this gives people the opportunity to watch a film with smaller audiences. Audience members will be required to wear masks which BYU policy requires at all performance venues this fall.

There will also be three one time events for archival films.

All the films will be shown in the Library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1.

Admission is free.



September 24

Showtimes at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

We’re starting the season with the 2002 version of The Importance of Being Earnest.

When two young gentlemen play games with the truth
it doesn’t look like things will turn out well.
Starring Judi Dench, Colin Firth, and Reese Witherspoon.

2002, 97 minutes


Wednesday, September 29

One showing only, 7:00 pm.

Celebrate National Silent Movie Day with silent films featuring new music chosen by BYU students. The films will be old but the accompanying music will be from all eras and genres.


October 8

One showing only, 7:00 pm.

World Premier Event

Join us for the world premier of the newly restored film Walk in Their Shoes.
Filmed in 1968, this is the first film restored by the library’s new Curator of Audio Visual Materials and Media Art History, Ben Harry.

Judge Whitaker made this film for the BYU College of Family Living and it has been getting more attention recently. Be one of the first to see the restored version.

1968, 22 Minutes


October 22

One showing only, 7:00 pm.

James D’Arc will return to BYU to share his insights into the 1940 film Brigham Young.

President Heber J Grant praised the film as a “friendmaker” when it was released. Salt Lake City celebrated the premiere.

Starring Tyrone Power, Dean Jagger, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Mary Astor, Vincent Price, and Jean Rogers.

1940, 114 Minutes


October 29

Showtimes at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

Considered by some to be the best monster movie of all time, we’re finally getting the chance to screen Creature From the Black Lagoon.  The costume, designed by Milicent Patrick, inspired generations of monster makers. Patrick was ignored by Hollywood histories until 2019 when a new book told her story and garnered media attention for her work.

1954, 79 minutes


November 12

Showtimes at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

Always a favorite, Casablanca features the music of Max Steiner.
The library’s Motion Picture Archive includes Steiner’s papers.

1942, 102 minutes


December 3

Showtimes at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

It’s been a few years since we’ve screened It’s a Wonderful Life. We are planning on screening Jimmy Stewart’s personal copy of the film at one showing and modern Blu Ray version at the other.

1946, 131 minutes


We’ll be watching for any changes in university policy or public health restrictions or concerns and make adjustments where necessary.




Teaching with Primary Sources Brown Bag Series

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be hosting a Teaching with Primary Sources brown bag series during Fall Semester 2021. We will be meeting in the Special Collections classroom (1131 HBLL) from 12:00-12:50 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Each session will feature a brief presentation about teaching with primary sources and then the balance of the time will be for an open discussion about how faculty are teaching with primary sources and how Special Collections can help them in this endeavor. We hope to create a community of practice surrounding teaching with primary sources. We hope that you will be able to join us. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gordon Daines at gordon_daines@byu.edu or (801) 422-5821. We will send out notifications before each meeting.


Dates and times. All meetings will be in 1131 HBLL

Thursday September 16th 12:00-12:50 pm

Thursday October 21st  12:00-12:50 pm

Thursday November 18th 12:00-12:50 pm


Building Update

If you are visiting the library today, August 10, here is what to expect:

Level 5

Temporary “Zoom Zone” where students may be attending classes online.

Level 4 

Temporary “Zoom Zone” where students may be attending classes online.

Level 3

Due to construction outside the south side of the building only the doors near the southwest corner are open.

The west side of the learning commons is now open for study and printing.

Construction continues on the east side of the learning commons. There may be noise.

The main help desk is open.

Level 2

There is construction in the family history area, but it is open to patrons. It may be noisy.

The reading room is open for quiet study.

The south end of the building is available as a “Zoom Zone” for students taking classes online.

Level 1

There is a small construction project in the Social Sciences area, but otherwise it is open for quiet study.

Library Construction Update

The library is constantly working to improve the user experience for patrons. We’ve learned that many students prefer to study where there is natural light. After looking at all the options, from moving stacks to digging window wells for the lower levels (that’s not going to happen), we found the most effective change we could make was relocating library offices and work rooms away from the windows on level 3. This process took several years. First we relocated our circulation services into the center of level 3.  We also consolidated our Library Information Technology (L.I.T.) team into one space on level 2. We then unified and relocated our conservation lab and book repair studio and moved them into the space formerly used by L.I.T.

Right now the plastic lining the hall on level 3 is protecting everyone from the construction going on as we prepare to open a large study area filled with natural light next fall.

The construction teams do their best to work on noisy jobs early in the morning or other times when there are fewer people in the building.

If you are interested other library changes you can visit the south end of level 2 of the library, near the Science/Technology area, where new lighting and glass panel group study rooms have been installed.





Finish Strong: Keep Wearing Those Masks

The University recently posted good news about a new vaccination site.

They also reiterated the need to continue wearing masks.


If you are studying in the library we want you, and our staff, to be safe.

Please help out by wearing your mask.

We installed a few reminder signs on level 5 today.

We hope you notice them.



Celebrating Douglass Day 2021

The BYU Library is joining the national celebration of Douglass Day.

Zoom: 947 9162 9699

Passcode: 425283

“About the history of Douglass Day

Douglass Day was one of the original inspirations for Black History Month, and was revived starting in 2017 by the Colored Conventions Project. Learn a bit about the history of Douglass Days, past and present (plus a new mini-documentary).

Douglass Day is made possible by a large number of partners, models, and supporters. Past and present supporters include:

The Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State, the Colored Conventions Project, the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities, the PSU Libraries, the PSU Center for Humanities and Information, and the PSU College of Liberal Arts, the American Studies Association for a Community Partnership Grant, and Zooniverse.

The transcribe-a-thon this year is powered by By the People from the Library of Congress.” douglassday.org

Plan to attend on February 12 from 10 am  to noon.

You can help out by transcribing historic documents.


Improving Special Collections


The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce that it has implemented Aeon. Aeon is an automated request and workflow management software specifically designed to improve patron service and to maximize staff efficiency.

The Aeon system will handle request management for the department and all patrons of Special Collections will need to create a user account at https://byu.aeon.atlas-sys.com/logon. This user account will allow you to submit requests to use materials in the Special Collections Reading Room and it will keep a history of the materials that you’ve requested for future reference.

The new request system will be available on Monday January 11th, 2021. You will be able to create a user account beginning on this date and will use the new system to request materials. All materials used in Special Collections will need to be requested through the new Aeon system. You will find links to Aeon in the library catalog (https://lib.byu.edu/) and through our finding aids website (http://archives.lib.byu.edu/).

We hope that the new systems we are implementing will enhance your Special Collections experience. Let us know if you have any questions at specialcollections@byu.edu or 801-422-3175.

The Reading Room is now Closed

Due to lack of compliance with the university’s mask policy the reading room/periodicals section of level 2 has been closed for the remainder of the year.

This change was implemented for the safety of library patrons and staff.

Plans are in place to close other areas of the building if it becomes necessary.

The Library encourages everyone to follow the campus-wide policy and wear a mask.