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Thanksgiving Table

After a two year hiatus a library tradition returns.

The popular giant study table located at the south end of level 1 of the library has once again been turned into a “Thanksgiving Table.”

Patrons are invited to take a moment and share things they are thankful for.

The space is still available for use by individuals or groups looking for a place to study.


October 28: Hold a First Edition Book of Mormon

Celebrate American Archives Month by holding a first edition Book of Mormon.

From 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm on level 3 of the library, the main floor, you can hold one of the books from our vaults.

Curators and conservation experts will be on hand to answers you questions and give you advice on handling rare books.


October 28 & November 18-S. Lyman Tyler Faculty Professionalism Award Lectures

Delayed due to COVID, the library is now presenting two S. Lyman Tyler Faculty Professionalism Award lectures.

Leanna Balci, Instructional Design Librarian, will present

Taking a Second Look: Why Information Literacy Matter in a Turkish and American Context

October 28 at 2:00 pm in the library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium, level 1.


Ryan Lee, Curator of 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts will present

They Built it, and the People Came: Union Pacific’s Impact on Tourism in the Intermountain West

November 18 at 10:00 am in the library’s Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium, level 1.

October 15: Niko Pfund, President and Publisher of Oxford University Press, USA, Lectures


Friday, October 15

The BYU Library welcomes Niko Pfund, President and Publisher of Oxford University Press, USA, to campus where he will present two lectures—one for students and one for faculty—on publishing.


At 10:00 am in the Special Collections classroom on level 1 of the library he will speak to students.


21 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was 21

“What are the things you don’t learn in college that are key to later success in professional life?”

His presentation will be followed by an open Q&A and discussion.


At 2:00 pm in the Alice Louise Reynolds Auditorium on level 1 of the library he will speak to campus faculty and library employees.

Getting Published: What Every Scholar, Librarian, and Student Needs to Know

This is a great opportunity for campus to get first hand insights from the president of the largest university press in the world.

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.