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Feb. 3 speech by Julene Butler to commemorate Lee Library 50th anniversary

The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University continues the commemoration of its 50th anniversary with a lecture by University Librarian Julene Butler Thursday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Lee Library Auditorium.    

Butler will speak on the history of the Lee Library and the resources it has provided for the students and faculty at BYU, starting with the collection of books stacked on the desk of founding President Karl G. Maeser to the online databases, e-books, film and recorded media the library now provides.

A reception will follow her address. Both events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

In addition to Butler’s address, the library will officially open its “From Room D to Harold B. Lee: Celebrating Libraries at BYU” exhibit, which will also mark the library’s anniversary.  The exhibition is located on the third level of the library and will be open for a year. It will rotate through seven aspects of the library’s collections and services, starting with unusual artifacts in the library’s collections. In March the exhibit will demonstrate the library’s technology for digitizing books and documents. 

While a library on the BYU campus has been around for much more than 50 years, the celebration honors the building itself and its legacy.

“We’re amazed how well the building has been maintained and so well used,” said Roger Layton, communications manager for the HBLL. “We love how you can see the wear in the stone staircases — you know that many people have been up and down those stairs.”

“It’s been interesting how the Internet has changed everything, but the library setting itself is very popular,” he said. “It’s still just a great place to study.”

For more information contact Roger Layton at (801) 422-6687 or roger_layton@byu.edu.

Writer: Mel Gardner

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