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

The Hawaii State Library is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. 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

Band playing at outdoor venue.

Hawaii State Library is celebrating 110 years of service to the public!  Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturday, February 4, 2023.  The program starts at 9:30 AM.  The Royal Hawaiian Band plays at 10:00 AM, and at 11:00 AM, the Asian Lion Dance Team will perform inside the library!  A special storytime for children from ages 3 to 5 is scheduled for 11:30 AM.  Refreshments will be served.  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.

photograph of lion dance performers in colorful lion costumes.

Lion dancing is both 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 for a short introduction to Lion Dance, and join our procession through the Hawaii State Library from the lobby to the first floor reading room. There will be drums!

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 to 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