Harold B. Lee Library. Circulation Dept.

The Circulation Department continued to function within the new library as it had in the past. The department chairs of the Circulation Department were Grace Allphin (1973-1979), Ray Larsen (1979-1981), Therrin Dahlin (1981-1985), Doug Gould (1985-1989), there was not a department chair from (1989-1993), and then Carla Kupitz became the department chair from (1993-1996).

In 1979 Public Services became the Information Services Division,and in 1985 the Information Services Division became the General Services Division. In 1991 the General Services Division was renamed the Public Services Division. Circulation stayed within these departments until 1996 when Circulation merged with Interlibrary Loan to become the Access Services Department.

At various intervals the current Periodicals and Course Reserve Department were placed administratively in the Circulation Department, from 1982-1985, and from 1992-1996.


Established: 1973

Abolished: 1996

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1996)


The Circulation Department monitors the flow of book traffic throughout the library. the Circulation Department keeps track of all the items that are checked-out and returned by the library patrons. At the Circulation desk, library patrons can pay fines, reserve materials, obtain library pin numbers, return course reserve items and apply for "Friends of the Library Cards." To apply for a "Friends of the Library Card" patrons can donate money for the purchase of books, maps, manuscripts, or other materials to be used within the Library.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Department Chair for Circulation reported to the Assistant University Librarian for Public Services.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Public Services (1973-1979)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Information Services Division (1979-1985)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. General Services Division (1985-1991)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Collection Development and Public Services Division (1991-1996)

Earlier unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Circulation Dept. (1973)

Earlier unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Current Periodicals and Course Reserve (1992)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Access Services (1996)

Associated Archival Materials

Harold B. Lee Library Annual Reports (UA 1015)


Library Website, 7/25/2012: http://lib.byu.edu/sites/circulation/, (Services provided by circulation)

Library Website, 7/25/2012: http://lib.byu.edu/services/nonbyu.php, (Friends of the Library card)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00037

Creator: UPB