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

photos by Erick Tsukiyama & Carrie Johnson

The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club will showcase a variety of photographs in its twelfth annual exhibit at the Hawaii State Library, May 3rd-31st, 2018

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Front Lobby at the entrance to the State Library and in the first floor Reading Room. The exhibit is suitable for all ages, and may be viewed during normal library hours, starting on May 3rd.

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 Sheet Music

Though-out the month of June 2018, enjoy a display of vividly illustrated sheet music selected from the Hawaiian Sheet Music Collection.  The display is in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room and available to view during regular library hours.

For more information on the display, or the Hawaii Sheet Music Collection, contact the Hawaii & Pacific Section, 586-3535.

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.

 

 

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. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Book cover for City of Falling Angels

In June, the Book Smart Book Club will meet on the 6th to discuss The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt, call number 945.31 Be.

The author of the bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil turns to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice. Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Venice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, he tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.

The Book Smart Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Language, Literature and History Section of the Hawaii State Library. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Book Club can be directed to booksmartbookclub@gmail.com or 808-586-3499.

Program schedule is 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.

Black mortarboard atop pile of money

Deborah Ching will show you how to maximize opportunities for your child to access a grade A education without jeopardizing your financial future. Ching is a consultant who has helped students receive over $3.5M in financial aid in the last two years. Discover strategies for providing your child with an excellent and affordable education to help reverse Hawaii’s brain drain. Ching will present strategies for families at all income levels to maximize access to the nation’s top colleges. Students in all grades, especially elementary and middle school and parents are welcome to attend. This program will be held in the Front Lobby of the Hawaii State Library.

Program 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. For more information, call the Young Adult Reference Desk at 586-3490.

Greywolf

Greywolf shares his experience of the Steppe Culture of Asia, found throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and what is now Russia. He will bring first-hand knowledge of thousand-year-old traditions, which are still practiced by many nomadic people living today.

Come and hear what it is like to live among horses, camels, and sheep, moving your house many times a year, and living off the land.

This program will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room and is suitable for adults and families. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Sponsored by the University of Hawaii Outreach College Statewide Cultural Extension Program and the Hawaii State Public Library System.

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.

 

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies Logo featuring Secondhand Lions

Young Walter is dropped off for the summer at his great-uncles’ house in Texas by his irresponsible mother, Mae. Rumor has it that Hub & Garth, Walter’s great uncles, have an enormous hidden treasure. (Some say they stole it from Al Capone.) They tell him fantastic stories of what they were up to while they went missing in their youth. Walter is never sure what is fact and what is fantasy, but learns to make his own decisions. Rated PG., runs 1 hour and 49 minutes, 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.

dancing fish

Join us to create fun paper dancing fish in our First Floor Reading Room. This summer craft workshop is open to individuals and families. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Sponsored by Lei `Ilima, the workshop is free to the public. Supplies will be provided. Please sign up at least one week before the workshop by visiting or calling the Art, Music, & Recreation section at 586-3520.

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.

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin returns to the Edna Allyn Room for Children at Hawaii State Library to share multicultural folktales from around the world featuring stones, rocks, caves, jewels, and mountains. As she has done in the past for many Hawaii State Public Library Summer Reading Programs, she will present a family program suitable for ages four and up, using puppets and props to enliven the stories and engage the audience. Children will choose from Vicky’s Magic Story Box to determine which stories she will actually tell.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2018 Summer Reading Sponsors. This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding and support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.

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.

brain lifting weights

Optimal brain function is the result of physical support and mental stimulation. HMSA will share several exercises to keep your brain healthy and improve your ability to think, reason, and solve problems.  This one-hour program will be presented in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room and is suitable for ages 18 and older.  For more information about this program please contact the Business, Science and Technology Section, 586-3481.

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.

read to a dog

Come and read to a dog! This special program held in the Edna Allyn Room for Children will have young children practice their reading skills by reading to a gentle therapy dog from Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs. The minutes spent reading to the dogs can apply toward your Summer Reading Program! There will be signups on that day prior to the event. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Lincoln in the Bardo book cover

For the month of June, the HSL Book Group will discuss Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

A #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Man Booker Prize, Lincoln in the Bardo takes a historical truth—the death of President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son Willie—and spins a tale of familial love and loss that ventures into the supernatural realm where a struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

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.

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.

Celebrate Hawaii’s Native Species at the Hawaii State Library’s Build a Better World Environmental Fair. There will be activities for the keiki, a special chance to learn about rocks, minerals and fossils with Roger Kwok and the opportunity to learn how you can keep building a better world for Hawaii’s native species with environmental organizations and agencies including: The Bishop Museum, Department of Land and Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oahu Invasive Species Committee, and the Waikiki Aquarium. Program will be held in the Edna Allyn Room for Children and the Library Courtyard.

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.

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.

LEGO sculptures created by LEAHI

For the month of July, members of  LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii (LEAHI) will debut their all-new, original LEGO creations based on the theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program: “Libraries Rock!”  LEAHI’s creations, reflecting music, instruments, as well as certain bands and singers, will be displayed in the First Floor Reading Room during regular library hours.

Inspired by the display and want to try building your own LEGO creation? Check out the Hawaii State Library’s LEGO Building Play Event on July 28, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM — see separate event listing for more information, or call the Edna Allyn Room for Children, 586-3510.

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.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies Logo featuring The Last Jedi

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. This film is rated PG-13, and runs 2 hours and 32 minutes.

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.

A Gentleman in Moscow book cover

For the month of July, the HSL Book Group will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

In this popular 2016 novel, it is 1922 when Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Tethered there in his attic room, the count endeavors to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose as some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold just outside the hotel’s doors.

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.

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.

Pile of colored Lego bricks

Children ages 5 and up are invited to a LEGO Building Play Event in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room on July 28, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  This event will feature building contests and chances to win LEGO Sets!  The LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii (LEAHI) will be giving away one free LEGO minifigure to each child! Young children must be accompanied by a parent.

The members of LEAHI will also be displaying original, all-new LEGO creations in the theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program: “Libraries Rock!”  Their creations, reflecting music, instruments, as well as certain bands and singers, will be on display in the First Floor Reading Room through-out the month of July.

For more information, please call the Edna Allyn Room for Children, 586-3510.

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.

Saturday Afternoon at the mOvies Logo featuring Justice League

Batman asks new ally Wonder Woman to help him battle a newly awakened threat. Together, they recruit an unprecedented team of heroes including Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash to work together to save the world from catastrophic danger.  This film is rated PG-13, and runs 2 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.

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