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25 years ago

Ground was broken Oct. 29, 1974, for the six-story addition to the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU, according to a Nov. 2, 1974, Church News article.

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve presided at the ceremony, which was conducted by BYU Pres. Dallin H. Oaks. A crowd gathered on the chilly day for the event, according to the article.

Elder Hinckley, representing the Board of Trustees, said: "No university can remain great without a great library facility. When all is said and done, a great university consists of three great assets: one, a great faculty; two, a great resource of books; and three, great students to sit at the feet of that faculty and read that which has come down to us from ages past, along with the contemporary literature. Out of this comes learning, understanding, skill and appreciation.

"What a marvelous thing, that young men and women can sit down in the midst of books and learn, partake, drink in and feast on the essence of all of the learning of ages past. Such is the purpose of a library."

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