Hawaii State Library

The Hawaii State Library is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. Learn about passport processing hours and requirements.


The library’s Audiovisual Section, which houses a comprehensive DVD and CD collection, is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and again from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  On Fridays, the AV Section is only open from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Address

478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
808-586-3500
Hawaii State Library

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 resources, 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 at this branch

book wrapped in brown butcher paper to hide the cover

Calling all teens in Grades 7-12! Looking for a fun (BOOK) date this summer? Try a Blind Date With a Library Book from June 15 to August 3, 2024! Visit the Teen Section at the Hawaii State Library in downtown Honolulu and choose a hand-wrapped book to borrow with your library card and read at home. Return the book and fill out the “Rate Your Date” bookmark for a chance to win a gift card! (Must pickup prize in person; prize will not be mailed). First come, first pick until all wrapped books run out! Bonus: This counts towards your reading minutes for the Summer Reading Challenge, so don’t forget to log them in the Beanstack App!

Questions? Call the Teen Reference Desk at 808-586-3490.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

child reading a book with a blank cover

Calling all readers in Grades 3-6! Don’t judge a book by its cover! From June 15 to August 3, 2024, visit the Children’s Section at the Hawaii State Library in downtown Honolulu and choose a hand-wrapped book to borrow with your library card and read at home. Return the book and fill out the Rating Bookmark for a chance to win a gift card! (Must pickup prize in person; prize will not be mailed). First come, first pick until all wrapped books run out! Bonus: This counts towards your reading minutes for the Summer Reading Challenge, so don’t forget to log them in the Beanstack App! 

Questions? Call the Edna Allyn Room for Children at 808-586-3510.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Plumeria ribbon lei

Learn how to create a beautiful plumeria ribbon lei with Sandy Murphy, retired manager from ribbon supply store U‘i Mau a Mau. Pattern from Tracy Harada, owner and lei designer.

Perfect for any party or if you just want to learn a new craft. Space is limited, reserve your place by calling (808)586 3520.

Supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself or a friend. Meet at the Art Music & Recreation Section Reference Room. Construction in building may require cancellation of event.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change.

 

Chessboard

Please join us for Chess at the Library in the Art, Music, & Recreation section on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.

Six boards will be available- 1st come, first serve.

All experience levels are welcome.

Please contact the Art, Music, & Recreation section at 586-3520 for more information.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change. See a schedule of upcoming events at librarieshawaii.org/events.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 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

In State holiday observance of King Kamehameha I Day, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024.