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Mintel Trends: Spot Innovations

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:42pm

The Library is happy to announce the acquisition of Mintel Trends.

Mintel’s researchers examine 80 trends affecting consumers today, swapping out old trends for new ones.

Mintel Trends is a great way to spot innovations and opportunities. We’re pleased to add it to the in-depth market research we already get through Mintel Reports.

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Mintel Trends


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Nauvoo Temple exhibit

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:17pm

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections recently installed a new exhibit on the Nauvoo Temple titled “’Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven’: understanding the Nauvoo Temple.” This exhibit is curated by Annie Kirkpatrick, an intern for Curator Ryan Lee, and showcases documents and images housed in Perry Special Collections related to the Nauvoo Temple. From construction, to introducing new ordinances, to eventual abandonment and destruction, this exhibit examines the sacrifices made by those who gave their time, talents, and substance to the building of this glorious edifice, and the eventual blessings of ordinances of eternal significance.

Also shown are items that reflect on how the temple was viewed by others around the nation, and witnesses to its eventual demise at the hands of mobs. The exhibit will hopefully help the viewer understand the sacrifices made for the early temples of the Restoration, and cause one to reflect on the types of sacrifices made for temples in our day.

Drama Online

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:52pm

Visit the library’s database page and you will find Drama Online. This new database provide quick and easy access to a wide range of plays from classics to contemporary. Their tag line is “1000+ plays 100+ scholarly works.”

You can not only read the plays but you have access to interactive play tools that help you envision the works.


Click here for a head start.

Fall 2015, Rose Marie Reid: The Mormon Designer Who Built a Swimsuit Empire

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:12pm

This fall the library will open a large exhibition on LDS businesswoman Rose Marie Reid.

Rose Marie Reid: The Mormon Designer Who Built a Swimsuit Empire

Located on level 1 of the library in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections (the exhibit space currently hosting an exhibition on World War I) the exhibition will feature information on the business built by Ms. Reid along with examples of swimwear she designed. We’ll share more as the opening date approaches.

Library Power Outage on Level 3 This Weekend

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:28pm

Some parts of the main floor of the Harold B. Lee Library will be without power, lights, and possibly wifi this weekend. Starting on Friday evening the Learning Commons will turn off the public computers in anticipation of electrical work. The library will also take advantage of the holiday weekend to perform required maintenance on the library’s catalog system. Most of the library will be open as usual and the majority of the library’s online resources will be available through lib.byu.edu.

Book checkout may be relocated to the Reading Room on level 2 if it becomes necessary.

Six Degrees of Acronyms: BYU in the DPLA

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:48pm

The new Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a great resource for content about our country. What most people don’t know is the The Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) was one of the early contributors to the system.

The Lee library is part of the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC), a group of university and college libraries who have teamed up to improve libraries. UALC created the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). The MWDL is run by a small team of dedicated, creative, and very effective people who have built a collection of images and other content from across the intermountain west. As the MWDL collections grew, along came the DPLA and the great folks at the MWDL, who jumped at the chance to participate. Suddenly, people throughout the country now have easy access to many of the Lee Library’s images through a nationally known system.

If you pay attention, you will find content from BYU appearing in papers and articles around the internet.


 (Coach Romney in ‘Counselor at Law,’ 1930s. Courtesy University Archives, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, via Mountain West Digital Library.)



I bet you had no idea that it took so many acronyms to get great content on the Internet.

Y-Read Summer Reading

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:23am

Finals are over. Summer is on its way. It is time for Y-Read, the library’s summer reading celebration.


Here are three great suggestions for finding new titles.

1. Visit the Popular Reading Collection in the Reading Room on level 2 of the library or browse the collection online at http://lib.byu.edu/books/popular-reading/

2. Look for the black bookshelves around the library. These shelves feature new arrivals and staff picks.

3. Visit the “Books” page on the library website http://lib.byu.edu/books/. This page has links to the Juvenile Collection, Special Collections and all of our e-Book systems.

If you are new to e-books we suggest you try our most popular e-Book service, Overdrive.


To access our Overdrive system click on the e-books link on the home page.

Scroll down to the Overdrive link.

You will need to log-in (Use your campus log-in).

The Overdrive page looks like this.


The home page features our most popular titles or you can browse more titles by selecting from the “Featured Collections” listed in the blue bar across the page.

We hope you enjoy a great summer of fun and inspiring reading. Let us know what you think about Y-Read though our page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/byuhbll.


Extended Hours for Finals

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:53am

Now through April 22 the library will open at 7:00 am and remain open until 2:00 am so that you can study.

Saturday hours are 8:00 am until midnight.

Services will be limited after 11:00 pm.


Helpful Link: 5-ways-to-prep-for-finals-week

Media Center Production Studio Open House

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:29pm

If you have been looking for a space where you can produce the ultimate student video, the library is ready to help.

We are in the final stages of preparing the new Media Center Production Studio on level 4 of the library. You are invited to the kick off open house on March 19th between noon and 2:00 pm. Start your tour in the Media Center.

Lights, cameras, green screens & other backgrounds are all available. When you are ready to wrap your shoot you can edit everything using the Macs in the Multi Media Lab.

Need better audio? We have a sound booth. Ready for outdoor action? Check out a GoPro. All this and much more is available through the Multi Media Lab (HBLL 4826).

BYU’s Night at the Museums Returns This Friday

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:52am

BYU’s Museums have organized a free and fun progressive evening featuring the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, the Museum of Paleontology, Education in Zion, Museum of Art, and the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum.

We suggest starting out at the Education in Zion Gallery in the JFSB (look for the searchlight) where they will provide free pizza. Shuttles will be available to take patrons from museum to museum and from snack to snack for a great evening.

Between bites you can enjoy exhibits on the history of education, animals, art, cultures, and of course dinosaurs.

You can register in advance by clicking here.