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

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

Stack of boxed games
  • December 14, 2019 @ 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.

Luthern Church of Honolulu Choir

The Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir will perform a holiday concert of Advent and Christmas carols with sing-alongs directed by Mr. Scott T. Fikse, Director of Music & Liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, Artistic Director of the Honolulu Chorale, and Co-Artistic Director of Early Music Hawaii. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.

This one-hour program will be held in the Library’s front lobby and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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

 

Avengers Endgame movie poster

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the population of the universe and fractured the ranks of the Avengers compels those remaining to travel through time to find the Infinity stones and reverse the disintegrations. This movie will be shown in the library’s first floor Reading Room and is rated PG-13.

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.

 

Educated book cover

For the month of December, the HSL Book Group will discuss Educated by Tara Westover.

Named one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, NPR, O Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, Educated is the true story of the author’s enlightenment. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Deciding to try a new kind of life, her quest for knowledge took her across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far and if there was still a way home.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library 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

line drawings of snowflakes

Join us in the Children’s room for a Frozen themed scavenger hunt. Participants will get familiar with different parts of the library while looking for their favorite Frozen characters. Suitable for children ages 10 and under.  This program will run through Winter Break during the library’s regular open hours.  Call the Edna Allyn Room for Children at 586-3510 for more details.

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.

line art drawing of three children coloring at a table

Throughout the Department of Education Winter Break, children are invited to make self-guided crafts in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. A variety of crafts will be available at the Children’s Help Desk during the library’s regular hours of operation throughout the break. Suitable for children 10 and under, call the Edna Allyn Room for Children at 586-3510 for more details.

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.

Logo for Voices of Aloha Choir

Bring the whole family and enjoy the mixed choir Voices of Aloha in the Hawaii State Library Lobby from 11:00 – 12 noon. This FREE concert of traditional, classical, contemporary and Hawaiian choral music is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

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
  • December 28, 2019 @ 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

snow powder in shape of snowflake

Make snow at your library!  The Hawaii State Library will provide the powder snow, just bring yourself. The program will be held in the Middle Reader Room in the Hawaii State Library, on Saturday, January 4th, 2020. Program will start at 11:30 am and end at 12:30 pm. Participants must be age 4 or older; participants between 4-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 12 participants, please sign up at the Edna Allyn Room Reference Desk or call 808-586-3510.

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 request 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