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Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 13 November 2008

By the summer of 2009, those with interest in LDS History will have greatly improved facilities in the form of a new Church History Library building currently under construction in downtown Salt Lake City at the corner of Main Street and North Temple. The site was dedicated on October 7, 2005 and the move is anticipated to begin in April of 2009.

The new 230,000 square-foot, state-of-the art library will have two types of archival storage rooms. The ten main storage rooms will be kept at a specific temperature and humidity to preserve the archives. Two special rooms will be kept at minus four degrees Fahrenheit to protect color motion picture films, photographs, and records of special significance to the LDS Church.

The historical materials of the LDS Church contain rich information about Mormon history and the development of the western United States. These collections include:

  • 260,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, manuals, etc.
  • 500,000 historic photographs, posters, maps, etc.
  • 40,000 audio and video recordings 
  • 120,000 local histories for LDS Church units
  • 150,000 journals, diaries, papers, and manuscripts
  • 20,000 rolls of microfilm
  • 3.6 million patriarchal blessings for LDS Church members

The current catalog system is not sufficient to maintain the circulation of Church archive materials or facilitate a large move from one building to another. To ensure that all of the records are successfully moved, each item is being given a barcode and assigned a location on one of the 20,000 shelves at the new library. About one million items have already been given a barcode, and 700 to 800 shelves of items are being tagged each day. The barcodes will also create the foundation for a new circulation system in the future.


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