Hawaii State Library

Temporary Hours 

SundayClosed
Monday9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday9:00am-7:00pm
Friday11:00am-4:00pm
Saturday9:00am-4:00pm

For information on Passport processing hours and requirements, click here.


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

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

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

artistic photograph by Lance Wong of a quiet street scene

The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club will showcase a variety of photographs in its fourteenth annual exhibit at the Hawaii State Library, July 7th – July 27th, 2022. The photo exhibit will be on display in the Front Lobby at the entrance to the State Library and in the first floor Reading Room. The exhibit is suitable for all ages, and may be viewed during normal library hours.
The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club was established in 2001 by a group of enthusiastic photography students at Kaimuki Community School for Adults. The club now has more than 100 members and provides programs and activities to enhance members’ skills. As a registered non-profit corporation, the club also provides photographic support to many community service and educational organizations

For more information, please call the library’s Art, Music & Recreation section at 808-586-3520.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.

 

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

cartoon cat and lion next to stack of book with words story time

Join us for Children’s Storytime on Saturdays at the Hawaii State Library. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 3-5, but all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our patrons, and our staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while visiting and/or participating in library programming.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  By visiting and/or participating in library programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Please help keep each other healthy.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

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