Posted on: March 27, 2020 | Category: News

Aloha Library Friends!

Have you downloaded an ebook or e-audiobook yet? So many to choose from!

Well, the world has shifted again since our update last week. The Hawaii State Public Library System is making changes to help support the health of our communities. In compliance with Governor Ige’s 3rd Supplementary Proclamation regarding COVID-19, the Hawaii State Public Library System is making the following changes to services.

  • All public library locations and bookmobile services will be suspended March 18 – May 5, 2020.
  • All book drops continue to be closed. We are asking everyone to hold on to our library materials until we open again.

Library Materials

We don’t want you to worry about fines and due dates while we are closed. 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 May 13, 2020.
  • No fines will be charged for items due between March 18 – May 6, 2020. For holds that you placed that haven’t been filled yet, we are extending the requests to make sure you still get what you want after we reopen.
  • For holds that are already waiting for you at your favorite library, we are extending holds to May 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 want to make sure you can continue to access online resources. Library cards with $10 or more in fines and fees will still have access to all of the resources online. And all library cards that have expired will be extended, and can be renewed when we reopen.

Online Resources
Even though our physical libraries are closed, you can always use your HSPLS virtual public library.  You can read (text or listening), learn, and explore the world of information 24/7 at Our online collection includes:

All you need is 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.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Hawaii State Public Library System libraries in the future.  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.


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