BYU Family History Library

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BYU Family History Library

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

Contact Information

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

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

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. Patrons may also order Salt Lake City, Family History Library microfilms (limit 2). 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

The BYU FHL offers an array of scanners for slides, negatives, prints, documents, maps, and microforms in all formats, at no charge when patrons 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 cards are 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.

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

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

Visitor parking is located north of the Art Museum and South of the Law School East of the Wilkinson Student Center. Ride the bus to and walk to center of campus to locate the library.


  • Free family history classes are taught on Sundays, click here, or telephone 801-422-6200.

Alternate Repositories

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, Mormon records.
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, LDS 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

Neighboring repositories

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


  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).