Brigham Young University

About the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University

The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University is one of the premiere libraries for Mormon-related collections. It contains over 10,000 original manuscripts pertaining to Mormonism. The library specializes in Mormon collections on ecclesiastical leaders, the Utah territorial period, artists, authors, missionary work, politicians, war veterans, other Mormon denominations, oral histories, and folklore. As the flagship university of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its collections are a keystone to Mormon Studies researchers.

Visiting the Library

Main Library
Mon-Fri: 7:00am – Midnight
Sat: 8:00am – Midnight

Special Collections
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 8:00am – 9:00pm; Tues: 8:00am – 11:00am, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: Closed.

What Researchers Should Know
  1. The Special Collections Reading Room is available for appointment only.  
  2. The library utilizes its own catalog to search for collections.  
  3. The library has a helpful live chat function if researchers have any questions.
Utilizing the Library Digitally

Many sources in the library’s collections are digitized and available electronically in high resolution. In the digital collections section of the library a researcher can look at a 19th-Century Mormon Article Newspaper Index, a virtually comprehensive bibliography from 1830 – 1930 of Mormon-related published materials, and many more items.

Other Helpful Resources

The library has created a robust collection of research guides and databases on Mormon-related topics such as the Studies in Mormon History database, the Mormon Missionary Diaries collection, the Saints by Sea database, the Trails of Hope collection, and the Foundations of the Restoration database.

Important Collections

Many of the Harold B. Lee Library’s finest collections have come through donations rather than from acquisitions. Below is a list that is representative of the breadth of their collections.