Our doubts are traitors, and makes us lose the good we might oft win, by fearing to attempt. ~William Shakespeare

Hey 100 Hour Board,

Tell me something cool about campus that not a lot of people know about.



Dear Zebra,

Ardilla Feroz is the real expert, but I happen to have a few tricks of my own up my sleeve. Are you ready for some deep campus knowledge? I'm just gonna list them off bullet point style 'cause right now I'm too tired to write with coherent organization.

  • The HBLL has tons of librarians who specialize in specific topics. I found out about them in a technical writing class and they are so helpful. I've met with my subject librarian about a dozen times now and he's helped me with class assignments, research, and even with my internship. Subject librarians may be the best kept secret on campus.
  • Some of the coat closet looking rooms in the MARB are actually offices. One time I went to visit a professor's office hours and was very shocked to find an office in what I previously assumed was a janitorial closet.
  • There is a full blown drone racing course in the basement of the Engineering Building. If you want to you can show up to the BYU Drone Racing club and they'll teach you how to fly. They even check out drones for students to practice on.
  • There's a greenhouse south of Kiwanis park that's run by BYU. It's pretty awesome and they use it for all sorts of classes and research. However, if you ask nicely they'll often let you study there.
  • There's a wall panel in the basement of the HFAC that leads to a series of interconnected rooms inside the foundations of the building. The rooms are filled with dirt and you can travel around quite a bit before eventually coming up in a trap door behind one of the stages. If you want to know how to find it email me and I'll send you the details.
That's all I can think of right now but there are plenty of secrets to find on BYU campus. Adventure is out there!

Dear Donna,

The Family History section of the HBLL is open two Sunday afternoons a month (as well as during normal library hours). There's a photo scanner and a feed scanner (takes a stack of papers and scans them all!), which are really helpful for getting those papers cleaned up. Definitely an under-used resource.

Oh, and there are lockers available to rent in the library. Do that.

-Tally M.


Dear Zebra, 

The McKay Building has a classroom in the basement that they use for a teacher's methods science course. It's the literal worst because 1) no windows and 2) no Wi-Fi. 



Dear Zebra,

The stacks in Special Collections in the library can move back and forth, so they can fit more in and just move them to access what they need. But they don't have motion sensors for safety! So don't get caught inside them when they're moving, or you'll become the next Flat Stanley.

~ Dragon Lady

At least, this was the case 12 years ago when I worked there. I suppose there's always the possibility that they changed things since I left.


Dear Zebra,

Every now and then they'll do work on the roof of the SWKT and leave the doors to the roof open or unlocked. You have to take the elevator to the 11th floor and climb the stairs to the roof. I've been up there a few times when they left the door open. It's a fantastic view.

If you can't get to the roof, enjoy the view through the windows on the 11th floor (though you may need to knock to be let into some rooms).

-guppy of doom


Dear friend,

I'm not sure if this is common knowledge or not but if you see enough International Cinema films in a semester, you can get a free t-shirt. And, you get to watch a bunch of fascinating movies.

Also, consider the power of BYU's Interlibrary Loan service. You can get any book in the world. Any book. For free. Do you realize how magical that is?

-Van Goff


Dear Zebra,

In front of the Clyde is one of those square metal hatches on the ground. It's usually locked close, but at least once during the last 5 years it was open slightly for a day or two, and it was possible for one to climb down into the extensive tunnel network below campus. Or... for the cosmic terrors from below to find their way to the surface. It is likely that this or another door will open again. 

May we be far away when that happens.



Dear El-Ahrairah,

Tunnel hatches? NOTED.

Dear zebby cakes,

I wrote about this same idea in Board Question #87840.

But for something new, seconding something mentioned by Tipperary--there's a huge dirt room in the basement of the HFAC that is currently accessible to those who know how to look. Since rumor has it the HFAC is going to be destroyed by people who never appreciated it...

...best to visit it before it's gone. Look for the open-able panel in the wall. Take a flashlight, take a friend (I'll show you, if you want) and email me at ardilla.feroz@theboard.byu.edu if you need more info. And send me pictures, darling, I always enjoy our visits.


--Ardilla Feroz