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Education and Culture


The Harold B. Lee Library provides many services, collections and computers for more than 15,000 students every day. The library contains more than 8 million items including 3.3 million books, 27,000 journal titles, 250,000 maps, 3 million microfilms and more than 1 million photographs and prints. An extensive selection of manuscripts, diaries, photographs, family histories, scholarly publications, books, art images and religious education materials have been digitized and are available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection.

The library computer system (http://www.lib.byu.edu/) guides users through the library catalog and thousands of full-text databases and indexes. Subject librarians and staff are available to assist and instruct in person or by e-mail.

The library provides study seating for nearly 5,000 patrons including 800 computer stations. In the Information Commons, where group work and collaboration are encouraged, students also have access to equipment and workstations for creating and editing multimedia.

The Howard W. Hunter Law Library provides an excellent research collection for students, faculty, members of the bar and the public with particular emphasis in Utah sources. The library facility includes teaching areas, group study rooms and individual study carrels for law students.


The BYU Museum of Art is one of the largest and best attended art museums in the Mountain West. It contributes to the academic mission of the university and also connects with a broad community audience, offering a dynamic exhibition schedule, including displays of its permanent collection, world-class traveling shows and unique temporary exhibitions.

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum offers educational programs and a variety of public exhibitions.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures mounts quality exhibitions co-curated by BYU students in conjunction with the curriculum of the BYU Department of Anthropology.

The Museum of Paleontology displays a small part of BYU's Jurassic dinosaur bone collection -- one of the world's largest -- as well as paleontological collections from prehistoric sites in Utah and throughout the world.

Theatres and Concert Halls

In addition to five concert halls and theatres in the Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU has auditoriums available for lectures and performances in the Joseph Smith Building, the Museum of Art, the N. Eldon Tanner Building, the Karl G. Maeser Building, the Wilkinson Student Center, the Harold B. Lee Library and the Joseph F. Smith Building.

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