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Hawaii State Library

Address

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

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 features, 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

Asian Lion Dance Team

Lion dancing is both a sport and an art, requiring physical conditioning to express the beauty of the dance. The Asian Lion Dance Team primarily plays southern Futsan style lion dancing. Join us in the lobby for a short introduction to Lion Dance, and join our procession through the Hawaii State Library. There will be drums!

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. This program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

a pile of LEGO blocks
  • January 25, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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LEGO lovers can join us for an hour of free play with LEGO bricks. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the day of the program. No pre-registration. Seating is limited.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Darel Stark & Mark Votapek

Darel Stark, Associate Principal Violin II, and Mark Votapek, Principal Cellist from the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will perform in a program of duos and solos for violin and cello in the front lobby.  According to Mr. Votapek, they will perform “works of Beethoven and other composers you know you love, and composers you don’t yet realize that you love.”  

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Stack of boxed games
  • February 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Come and play games at the library, in the Edna Allyn Room for Children, every second Saturday of the month. No registration required – just show up and play!  Recommended for children ages 3+ (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). Call or visit the library to confirm (there will be no game day on state holidays).

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.  For a list of Upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Book cover of There There

For the month of February, the Hawaii State Library Book Group will discuss There There by Tommy Orange.

Appearing on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, including The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and GQ, Tommy Orange’s 2018 debut novel There There tells the story of twelve Native Americans living in Oakland, California, as they converge and collide on one fateful day, unveiling a shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. Walk-ins welcome. No registration necessary. Inquires about the HSL Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 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