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

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.

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

Print by Julie Peterson featuring canoe paddlers

Turning the Page is a collective of more than twenty-four artists who focus on the expressive power of the book form. Many of the works are one-of-a-kind creations featuring a range of materials, binding techniques, and artistic content.

 This exhibit, in the Library’ s front lobby, features artists: April Sham, Marcia Morse, Laura Smith, Tamara Moan, Jody Arthur, Paula Nokes, Allison Roscoe, Jan Mills, Lynn Haia, Beverly Major, Julie Peterson, Carole Iacovelli, Elizabeth Lowrey, Heather Yule Salenger, and Sandy Simonian.

 The artists will also present a hands-on program, “Make a Map Book,” on Saturday, March 10, 11 am – 2 pm. [See separate listing for details]


The exhibit and program are suitable for all ages. Contact the Art, Music & Recreation Section at 586-3520, 10 days in advance, if a sign language interpreter or other accommodation is required.

 

two examples of greeting cards made with paper circuits

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, which runs from March 4th-10, teens ages 11 and up are invited to the Hawaii State Library to create their very own light up greeting card using paper circuits!

This easy one hour craft will be held in the First Floor Reading Room on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Seating is limited to 15 guests. Sign up at the Young Adult Reference Desk or call us at 586-3490.


Program subject to change. Should a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations be needed, please notify the library at least 10 days in advance.

A Moveable Feast book cover

In March, the Book Smart Book Club will meet on the 7th to discuss Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, call number 818.5203 He

Choose either version – original or restored. We will compare the two as part of our discussion. Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers, A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

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.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Nuuanu Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

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

Picture of women creating a map book craft

Join us in the Library’s first floor Reading Room for a free hands-on program presented by artists from the “Navigating” book arts exhibit. Artists will help patrons of all ages make their own book with a pre-printed map. All supplies will be provided.


Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the Art, Music & Recreation Section at 586-3520, 10 days in advance, if a sign language interepreter or other accommodation is required.

game pieces

Come and play games at the library!  Children may register at the Children’s Reference Desk between 9 to 11 am on the day of the program.  Recommended for children ages 5+ (children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult).  Please call the library at 586-3510 if you have any questions.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please notify the library 10 days in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Saterday afternoon at teh MOvies logo with movie poster for Sully

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed “Sully”, glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Starring Tom Hanks.


Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

The House at the Edge of Night book cover

For the month of March, the HSL Book Group will discuss The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner.

Named one of the best books of 2016 by NPR, Los Angeles Public Library, and Kirkus Reviews, this historical novel follows four generations of the Esposito family as they run a café on a small island off the coast of Italy, navigating the ebb and flow of life and love through two world wars, a great recession, and the threat of fascism.

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.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Waianae Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

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

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