Important News

Posted on: March 14, 2020 | Category: News

Aloha Friends of the Library,

We know you’ve been paying close attention to the impacts of the coronavirus nationally and locally. We wanted to alert you about key changes the Library is making to protect the health of our patrons and staff while still providing essential services.

Branches are still open

At this time, all 51 branches will continue to operate with standard hours. To reduce exposure, HSPLS continues to follow best sanitation practices for workplaces, as well as pulling toys and other difficult-to-sanitize items from public spaces.

NEW: We want to make it easier for you to manage the items you check out from HSPLS. Starting March 16,2020, all items that are due on 3/16/20 or checked out on 3/16/20 (and forward) and are eligible will automatically renew two times. The only time the automatic renewal will not be placed is: 1) Seven-day loan items (Hotpicks, DVD, VHS), 2) Items that are on hold for another patron, and 3) Two renewals have already occurred. This means not having to worry about going online or using the app to renew.

All programs, events and meeting room bookings cancelled in March

Due to the current guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and in the interest of protecting the communities we serve, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, we are cancelling all programs and events for the rest of the month of March, including tech classes, story times, Tax Help, book clubs and other events. The Library has also cancelled all Bookmobile service. All external meetings scheduled in any HSPLS meeting room will be cancelled or rescheduled.

Planning ahead

HSPLS is monitoring all official channels of information/guidance from the State and re-evaluating its services daily. Patrons can stay updated on changes to HSPLS services on our website. You can also follow HSPLS on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated.

Digital resources

During this challenging time, we want to encourage you to check out HSPLS’s many online resources that you can use from home or your mobile device. We have e-books, e-audiobooks, online classes, online language program and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

We know these changes will impact our patrons. We appreciate your patience as we work to be informed and navigate the upcoming days.

In the meantime, feel free to ask us questions and stay informed through these best resources on this crisis, including the State of Hawaii Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please take care and Stay Healthy and Stay Informed!

In state observance of Thanksgiving, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 24th.