Visit the Library!

Posted on: March 25, 2022 | Category: News

Welcome to your neighborhood library!

Starting March 26, 2022, fifty (50) public libraries offer expanded in-person services.


  • browse for materials
  • read and study in the library
  • use public internet computers for up to four (4) 60-minute sessions per day
  • access free wi-fi
  • pick up holds
  • use printers and copiers
  • and request reference and research assistance.
  • Meeting room reservations are now available at some locations.

Closed for Renovations: Kahului (Maui)

Patrons can also enjoy virtual access to library resources. The HSPLS digital doors are always open on our website. With just a library card you can download ebooks, stream movies, learn a language, read The New York Times and more!

View branch hours or call your local library for more information.

Visiting the Library

We are all learning to navigate living with COVID-19, and we encourage everyone to do their part to keep each other safe and healthy when they visit the library.

Masks are not required but welcomed           List of things to do to keep each other healthy

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the hours of operation?
Current branch hours.

What safeguards should I address before visiting the library?
COVID-19 is not gone yet. Patrons should not visit the library if they are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste and smell. If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you should stay home.

Do I have to wear a mask or show a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test?
Beginning March 26, 2022, you will not be required to wear a mask in the library due to the expiration of former Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation. All libraries will welcome mask wearing within the library, and we expect everyone to be respectful of each others choices. 

Also beginning March 26, 2022, you will not be required to show a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test to enter the library.

Can I visit the library to convert my virtual library card to a physical card and activate full borrowing privileges?
Yes, learn more here.

Has there been a change to fines and fees?
Fines and fees are applicable and we encourage patrons to renew or return their materials on time. Download our new LibrariesHI app to manage your checkouts.

Will automatic renewal continue?
All eligible items for renewal will be auto renewed up to two times. This means that if an item is NOT on hold for someone else, it will automatically be renewed for you. If an item is on hold for another person, the item WILL NOT be auto renewed. If multiple items are checked out, it is possible that one or more will not auto renew because they have a hold placed on them. Please be sure to review your account online or via the mobile app to review due dates. If you do not want the items you check out to auto renew, please let staff at your favorite library know. They can turn it off for you.

Have programs and classes resumed at the libraries?
Programs and classes inside the library will begin to be offered.  Branches with outdoor spaces may reintroduce in-person programs for limited audiences. Visit your library’s branch page for more information. Our virtual programs will continue and include storytimes, craft programs, online challenges, booktalks, book clubs and author visits.

Can I reserve a meeting room at the library?
Library meeting rooms will begin to reopen. Please contact your library branch for more information. We will continue to encourage safe and healthy meeting practices in the use of our library meeting rooms.

Can I submit a Passport Application?
Hawaii State Library (Oahu), Keaau Public and School Library (Hawaii Island), Kealakekua Public Library (Hawaii Island), Lanai Public and School Library (Lanai), and Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library (Hawaii Island) provide new passport processing by appointment only.

Can I still pick up my holds at the door instead of coming inside the library?
While Library Take Out reservations will end on March 31, 2022, this service may vary depending on staffing at each location. Upon arrival, ask staff for assistance.

Can I donate books and magazines to the library?
Not all libraries are accepting donations; please contact your local library before bringing donations to the branch. Please be kind to our libraries and do not leave donations if they are not accepting them.

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.