Posted on: March 19, 2020 | Category: News

Aloha Library Friends,

How are you? We miss you at the library!

Please know that we are working diligently to navigate the ongoing changes in guidance and requirements from local, state, and federal authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the most recent information, we will need to make some changes to support the health of our communities:

1)   All public library locations and bookmobile services will be closed March 18 – April 7, 2020.
2)   All book drops will be closed starting March 19, 2020. Please hold on to your checked-out library materials until we open again.

Library Materials: 

While we are closed, we don’t want for you to worry about fines and due dates during this stressful time. Due dates and holds have been automatically extended.

  • All items (including DVDs and HotPicks) checked-out starting March 16th will have a due date of April 13, 2020.
  • No fines will be charged for items due between March 18 – April 7, 2020.
  • For holds that you placed that haven’t been filled, we are extending the requests to make sure you still get what you want after we reopen.
  • For holds that are already at your favorite library, we are extending them to April 13th so you can pick them up after we reopen.
  • All email notifications are turned off right now. Notifications will resume once we reopen.
  • No new holds will be taken until we reopen. 

Library Cards:

We’ve made a few changes to make sure you have access to all of our free online resources while we are closed.

  • If you owe fines/fees over $10, you will still have access to our digital resources. We want to make sure you can find something great to read!
  • If your library card expires between February 26 – April 13, we will extend your library card for another 30 days. Once we are open, you can come in to renew your card and ensure you have access to our digital resources.

Online Resources: 
We are always open at with many amazing online resources available to access from home 24/7. Our online collection includes:

Enjoy our free resources using your library card!

I just want to talk with someone

If you have questions or would like to talk with someone, we’re here to help.  Please call: Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 808-586-3500 or 1-800-390-3611 (toll-free for neighbor islands)

Additional Information:  
We know these changes may be difficult, but we will continue to find ways to support you!  Updates and alerts will be posted as they occur.

For health and hygiene tips, and reliable news sources about COVID-19, please visit the State of Hawaii Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Be well! Mahalo and Aloha!


ALERT | The HSPLS website will undergo system maintenance on Thursday, March 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HST. Some online services may be temporarily unavailable during this time. We apologize to our patrons for this inconvenience.

In state observance of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day, libraries that are normally closed on Mondays will observe the holiday and be closed on Tuesday, March 28th.