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New PBS Video Collection

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:56pm

The Harold B. Lee Library is proud to announce a new acquisition…

PBS Video Collection (ASP) http://dbs.lib.byu.edu/pbs-video

This collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface. A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know and trust, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Super Searching is Easier Than Ever

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:00pm

The Search box at the top of the library home page has gone through dramatic changes over the last few years. What was once a handy search tool for library collections has been developed into a remarkably powerful search system that reaches out to find you information on all aspects of the library. Electronic resources, printed books, library services, and information to connect with subject librarians can all be found through the library search box. Today the library released the 10th generation of the search tool.

Try it out and see for yourself what it can do for you.

Two new improvements for serious researchers include:

Advancements in looking for key words in context, https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/search?set=all&q=mom+aunt+tree

And the new alphabetic browse available through the advanced search option, https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/browse

As always, if you have comments send us a note through the feedback system.

Christmas in the Collections

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:27pm

The curators of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections have each chosen an item from their specialized area to highlight the variety of rare and unusual Christmas materials owned by BYU. Items you might expect such as a first edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and movie lobby cards from A Miracle on 34th Street share space with illuminated manuscripts and even HotWheels comics number 6, the one where an evil fake Santa causes trouble.

Items from church history such as a manuscript page of “The Christmas Revelation,” section 87 of the Doctrine & Covenants, and early photos of Yellowstone appeal to historians. There is a great selection of literature and children’s books.

Christmas in the Collections is open during most library hours. It is located on level 1 of the library in the entryway to Special Collections. The public is welcome and admission is free.


New Video: Be Nice to Our Books

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:35pm

Tori Pence, from BYU’s Divine Comedy, takes on the hard-hitting issues with our new Book Care video series: http://bit.ly/1xeH6V6


If you are like me and you can’t get enough videos on book care you should try this one.



“Guns, Scrolls, and Swords” Samurai Exhibit on Level 3

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:36am


To learn more about Samurai culture and this exhibit, come to the opening lecture on November 6th at 3pm, Level 1 auditorium. Jack Stoneman, Paul Hyer, and Aaron Skabelund will introduce the exhibition, with a reception to follow in Special Collections.

The display (housed by the East entrance on Level 3) will include two 14th and 16th century swords, a suit of armor, military science materials, and fascinating scrolls from early modern Japan.

“The legend of the Samurai grew as the class of the Samurai died out.” says Jack Stoneman, an associate professor of Japanese literature at BYU, and a co-curator of the exhibit. “The Samurai were warriors, scholars, poets, and artists. I’m surprised by the variety of items in this exhibition.”