BYU Family History Library

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BYU Family History Library
See also Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library.

Harold B. Lee Library atrium at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Contact Info[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask a Librarian


Harold B. Lee Library
P.O. Box 26800
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-6800


  • Missionary Reference Desk 801.422.3934
  • Religion/Family History Reference Desk 801.422.6200
  • Family History Librarian 801.422.7661

Regular Hours:[4]

  • The library is open Monday - Saturday 7am - midnight, but help is only available during the hours listed below
  • Monday – Thursday: 8am to 9pm
  • Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 6pm
  • 2nd & 4th Sundays: 10am to 7:30pm
Holiday Hours

Directions, map, and parking

Visitor parking is located north of the Art Museum or south of the Law School and east of the Wilkinson Student Center. Or ride the bus. Walk to center of campus to locate the library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The BYU Family History Library, located in the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, has 300,000+ microfilms, hundreds of thousands of microfiche, newspapers on microfilm, numerous subscription online databases, and access to many well known online genealogical databases. A list of all our resources is viewable at our website. Some online resources are only accessible in the library, some are available anywhere through the internet.

Library Resources[edit | edit source]

The BYU FHL offers an array of scanners for slides, negatives, prints, documents, maps, and microforms in all formats, at no charge (patrons should bring their own storage media). A large format printer for photos and charts or posters up to 24” x 56” is available. Instruction is usually available for all equipment. A BYU card or courtesy card is required for printing. Money can be added to cards on site. Patrons may view the equipment at

The physical collection consists of several thousand family and personal histories, county and local histories, a maps department, reference works, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, and numerous genealogical periodicals.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections[edit | edit source]

The Special Collections at BYU houses 300,000 books, 9,000 manuscript collections, and nearly 3/4 million photographs. These collections of original documents from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history, BYU history, Literature, and World History as well as a variety of family and personal histories and journals from the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders may be viewed in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Reading room.

Information regarding what is available in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections can be accessed online through the Harold B. Lee Library website, This website includes helpful research tips to help effectively find the information and sources needed as well as news and upcoming events. Refer to this website for location, hours of service and policies.

Map Collection[edit | edit source]

Provides access to a host of maps--both domestic and international. There are also hundreds of gazetteers for locating information and statistics about cities and towns. An online Guide to Genealogy Resources in the Map Collection is available.

Social Sciences[edit | edit source]

Houses the library’s collection of family histories as well as City Directories and other city and county histories.

Additional Research Helps[edit | edit source]

Temple and Family History Consultants[edit | edit source]

One hundred fifty volunteer consultants provide assistance with genealogical research. Professional librarians, and student employees are available to answer questions.

Sundays[edit | edit source]

The library is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month, with few exceptions. Classes and library hours can be viewed at

You may also schedule a Sunday tour by calling 801.422.6200.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the BYU Family History Library, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Repositories with significant Latter-day Saint collections

  • BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, Provo.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history 1830-now: diaries, manuscripts, Church records, photographs, oral history, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, audiovisual material[5]
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, the Museum displays artifacts, and the History Department collects and preserves about 100,000 histories of pioneers who set out for, settled, or were born in Utah by 10 May 1869.[6]
  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.[7]

Similar Collections

  • Huntington Library, San Marino CA, Western Americana including history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California for "qualified" scholars.
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL, collects history sources about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Yale University Divinity School Library, New Haven CT, excellent collection of theology and history books for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Neighboring repositories

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Harold B. Lee Library

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Harold B. Lee Library, "E-mail a Question" at (accessed 8 February 2010).
  2. Harold B. Lee Library, "Contact Us" at (8 February 2010).
  3. Harold B. Lee Library, "Ask a Librarian" at (accessed 8 February 2010).
  4. Harold B. Lee Library, "Family History and Genealogy Resources-Sunday Classes" at (20 May 2010).
  5. "Church History Library and Archives" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  6. "Pioneer Museum" and "History Department" pages in International Society ~ Daughter of Utah Pioneers [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).
  7. "Research Center and Collections" and "Collections Available at the Research Center" in Utah State History [Internet site] at (accessed 18 October 2008).