Important Alert #1:  The Liliha Public Library will be closed for major renovations starting Saturday, November 24, 2018. For more information, click here.

Important Alert #2:  The Ewa Beach Public and School Library will be closed from Tuesday, December 25, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 due to an ongoing construction project on the Campbell High School campus.  Additionally, the library will have special hours on Monday, December 24th, from 10a.m. - 5p.m., and the public computers will be down in preparation for the power shutdown associated with the construction.  The library's book drop will be open throughout the closure period.  We apologize for this inconvenience to our Ewa Beach library users.

 

Hawaii State Library

Address

478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
808-586-3500

About

Welcome to the Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System! With financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie, the present location was acquired and the existing building was built and opened on Feb. 1, 1913. We have a variety of special features, most notably our Hawaii & Pacific Section, the Edna Allyn Room Children’s collection, and also the Federal Documents Section, which has been a Selective Federal Depository Library since 1929. We are located in the historic capitol district of Honolulu, next door to the only Royal Palace in the United States.

Upcoming Events

A Woman of Her Words Exhibit photograph

The Hawaii State Library presents an exhibit in honor of the new sculpture, “Patsy T. Mink” by Holly Young, installed on the front lawn of the library.  The exhibit, A Woman of Her Words, focuses on Patsy Mink’s quotes which have been incorporated into the base of the sculpture.  In the exhibit, Mink’s powerful statements are placed back into the context in which she spoke them, giving the reader a sense of the circumstances and causes which shaped Mink’s political career.  The exhibit will be on display in the front lobby of the library from December 5 to 20, 2018, during regular library hours.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

picture of attorney Justin Brackett

Attorney Justin A. Brackett specializes in debt defense.  He will cover topics of interest to those who are in debt.  Topics include, but are not limited to, what to do if a debt collection letter or a court lawsuit from debt collector is received or a judgment is made against a debtor.  He will explain the debtor’s rights and what the debt collectors have to do in order to collect a debt.  The presentation will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room.

All programs are subject to change.  If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

Book cover for The Stupidest Angel

For the month of December, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore.

In this irreverent tale by popular humor writer Christopher Moore, seven-year-old Josh is sure he saw Santa take a shovel to the head and prays for Santa to come back from the dead. Archangel Raziel, who unfortunately doesn’t have the brightest halo in the bunch, botches his attempt to answer Josh’s prayers, sending the residents of Pine Cove, California headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. This program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Voices of Aloha choral group

Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a concert by the Voices of Aloha in the Front Lobby of the Hawaii State Library.

“Before the Marvel of this Night” Holiday Concert of songs of peace and healing will be presented by the 40-member Voices of Aloha choir, led by director Sangeet Gellhorn.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodations due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

examples of Perler Bead crafts

Come to the Hawaii State Library and celebrate your creativity or favorite fandom in the form of Perler Beads! Perler Beads come in a wide range of colors and with some carefully applied heat (done by an adult!) they melt and stick together! Creations can then be made into coasters, magnets, keychains, or future Christmas ornaments/gifts.

This program will be held in the Middle Reader Room and is recommended for ages 9 and up. While supplies last. Seating is limited. Please call (586-3490) or visit the Young Adult Reference Desk to reserve your seat!

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

picture of a padlock, with title "The Book Crook"

Rufus McBad has gone and done it!  He has stolen books from the library, including your favorite book. Help the library stop Rufus and get the books back by solving this escape challenge in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.

There will be three sessions: December 27, 2018 at 10:00 – 10:45 am, 11:00 – 11:45 am, and 3:00 – 3:45 pm. Limited to four participants per session.  Participants must be ages 4-6 and accompanied by an adult. Please sign up at the Edna Allyn Room Reference Desk or call 808-586-3510.

Program is subject to change or cancellation.  If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

a pile of LEGO blocks

LEGO lovers can join us for an hour of free play with LEGO bricks. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the day of the program. No pre-registration. Seating is limited.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Two hands holding slime

Make slime at your library! Supplies will be provided. Limited to 12 participants per session.

There will be two sessions:

  • Session 1: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (for children ages 3 to 5 and accompanied by parent or adult caregiver)
  • Session 2 : 1:15 to 2:30 pm (for children ages 6-10)

Sign up in advance in the Edna Allyn Room Reference Desk, or call (808) 586-3510.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Bookcover - You Know Yuu're Chinese When...

Please join us for a panel presentation from a group of local Chinese Americans sharing their experiences growing up in Hawaii. The panelists are:  Canossa Choy, Stephen Choy, Mrs. Mei Ling Dang, Jordan Lum and Bonnie Tung.  Following the presentation, Stephen Choy’s book, “You Know You’re Chinese When…,” will be available for purchase with the assistance of the Friends of the Library Hawaii.  The presentation will be held in the library’s First Floor Reading Room.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Stack of boxed games

Come and play games at the library, in the Edna Allyn Room for Children, every second Saturday of the month. No registration required – just show up and play!  Recommended for children ages 3+ (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). Call or visit the library to confirm (there will be no game day on state holidays).

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Skyscraper movie poster

The Hawaii State Library kicks off 2019’s Saturday Afternoon at the Movies series with the film Skyscraper.  Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader and U.S. War Veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers, is on assignment in Hong Kong where he is working at the Pearl, the tallest, safest building in the world. However, the building is suddenly on fire and he has been framed for it. Now a wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family, who are trapped in the building, above the fire line.

The movie will be shown in the library’s First Floor Reading Room.

All programs are subject to change.  If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Hawaiian Mission Houses Presents Hawaii History Theater Actors

Enjoy dramatic encounters with actors in the roles of three individuals who played an important role in the history of Hawai‘i: John Papa ‘Ī‘ī, Samuel Kamakau and Emma ‘A‘ima Nāwahī.

John Papa ‘Ī‘ī was one of the first Hawaiians to learn to read and write, initially in English, from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionaries.

Samuel Kamakau had a very large part in helping to assemble material for Rev. Dibble’s History of the Sandwich Islands, published in 1836.

Emma ‘A‘ima Nāwahī and her husband, Joseph, founded a newspaper in 1895, Ke Aloha ‘Āina (The Hawaiian Patriot) that was staunchly pro-royalist in its outlook.

This program requires that the audience move to three different locations on the first floor of the building. If mobility assistance is required, please contact the library.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's Trash and Treasure logo

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's circular logoOne person’s trash is another’s treasure. This interactive adventure explores the world of trash from garbage trucks, to the tiny “treasures” that fill our pockets. Music and magic pepper this exploration of how no resource or opportunity should be wasted in the life cycle of “stuff.” The 30-minute performance will be held in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. Suitable for ages 3 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

This free children’s theatre show was created with funding from the City & County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services.  Library performances are funded by the Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation  and the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

Hours

Date Time
Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 0
Parking fee Metered
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 54
Magazines 208
Newspapers 24
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No