Ongoing construction on the fourth floor of the Harold B. Lee Library has resulted in the relocation of many materials, including several from the Special Music Collections.
The Special Music Collection contains several music archives, including the International Harp Archive, the International Primrose Viola Archive, and the Capitol Records Music Archive.
“We have recordings, scores and even artifacts. We also have a large number of collections that are important to the history of the Church,” said Christian Nicholas, Assistant for Special Music Collections. “There’s a lot of cool stuff here that’s surprisingly more accessible to students than they first think.”
Many of these items are moved from the fourth floor to the first floor.
“They’re being reorganized so things that need special protection get it and things that don’t need special protection are easier for students and faculty to access and use,” said the university librarian Rick Anderson.
Anderson said the library’s vinyl record collection that was previously only available by appointment will now be open for browsing and payment when construction on the fourth floor is complete. Items transferred to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections will remain there after the renovations are complete, which Anderson says is scheduled for late 2024.
“Before, we had materials on the first floor and others on the fourth floor. Now they’re all going to be in one place,” said former Music Special Collections employee Michael Luce.
Music Special Collections curator David Day said he thinks the move could make it more difficult for students to connect with him and the material, especially now that his office is located in an area where access is granted only by swiping a card.
English major Emily Royster said she knew Music Special Collections was on the fourth floor, but was unaware that some of the documents were moved. Royster said she also knew where the L. Tom Perry Special Collections were located, but said, “I didn’t know there were offices there.”
If a student wishes to work with materials in special collections, they will need to register as a visitor at reception, specify the reason for their visit, obtain a visitor’s pass, and place their belongings in a locker at the reception. exterior of the Special Collections vault. . From there, a staff member working with special collections will need to stay with the student at all times, and no photography is allowed, Day said.
Day said that while there may now be a few extra steps to meet him or interact with the Special Collections items, he’s not too worried. Referring to D&C 123:17, Day said, “We’ll just have to work harder. “Students can visit Day and the Music Special Collections in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections on the first floor of the library.