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BYU's Lee Library celebrates one millionth visitor for 2011

Part of ongoing commemoration of 50 years on campus

Ethan Geisler thought he was just going to the library.

On Thursday, April 7, the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University celebrated its one millionth patron visit for the year 2011. Geisler, a mechanical engineering major, entered the library just before 11 a.m. and by their count became the one millionth patron to enter the building since Jan. 1, 2011.

University Librarian Julene Butler was there to welcome him, according to library communications director Roger Layton. "He received a free netbook to so he could access the many electronic resources in the library, including online journals, databases, e-books and image collections," he said.

Geisler also received a copy of “When Hollywood Came to Town: The Heritage of Moviemaking in Utah” by James D’Arc, curator of the library's Motion Picture Archive, which describes the history of Hollywood films made in Utah.

"The book represents the library’s print collections as well as the Motion Picture Film Archive at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, which was one of the primary sources for the book," said Layton.

This year marks the library’s 50th anniversary in its current building. The library expects more than three million patron visits this year.

"To celebrate, we are providing rotating exhibits on the history of BYU’s library along with our traditional role of providing scholarly information to patrons online and in print, as well as in film, video, and music," Layton said.

For more information, contact Roger Layton at (801) 422-6687,, or visit

Writer: Roger Layton


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