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

Evicted Book cover

For the month of January, the HSL Book Group will discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (call number 339.46097 De).

This 2016 nonfiction bestseller follows eight Milwaukee families living below the poverty line and struggling to find housing in a punishing rental market. Author Matthew Desmond, a sociologist and a co-director of Harvard’s Justice and Poverty Project, lived among both white and black tenants in substandard conditions, including units dangerously not up to property code, infested with insects, and lacking basic appliances such as a stove.

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Photograph by Georg Feitscher of a cello close-up

The Hawaii Symphony Ensemble will perform several music pieces at the Hawaii State Library. The musicians are: Hung Wu, Violin; Nancy Shoop Wu, Violin; Anna Womack, Viola; Sung Chan Chang, Cello and Matt Love, Bass. They will perform the following pieces: Vivaldi, Spring, from The Four Seasons, first movement; Faure, Pavane; Coldplay, Viva la Vida. Also, Bartok, Duet for Two Violins (Dance from Matamoros and Bagpipes); Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, first movement; Beethoven, String Trio, Opus 8, second movment. And finally, Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana; Delibes, Flower Song from Lakme.

The performance will be held in the Library’s front lobby.


Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

hobby month swap

 

Looking for a new hobby? Do you have a hobby to share? Bring in your hobby supplies in good condition and pick up new hobby supplies on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10am-noon in the Arts, Music, and Recreation section. Drop off donations will be accepted throughout the month of January. Join us for this expanded version of the craft swap/exchange.

a pile of LEGO blocks

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. Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Maryknoll School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Cover of Americanah

For the month of February, the HSL Book Group will discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

In this 2013 bestselling novel, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as teens but part ways upon leaving Nigeria. Offering a keen examination of race, class, and the immigrant experience in the U.S., U.K., and Nigeria, Americanah received the National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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.

Print by Julie Peterson featuring canoe paddlers

Turning the Page is a collective of more than twenty-four artists who focus on the expressive power of the book form. Many of the works are one-of-a-kind creations featuring a range of materials, binding techniques, and artistic content.

 This exhibit, in the Library’ s front lobby, features artists: April Sham, Marcia Morse, Laura Smith, Tamara Moan, Jody Arthur, Paula Nokes, Allison Roscoe, Jan Mills, Lynn Haia, Beverly Major, Julie Peterson, Carole Iacovelli, Elizabeth Lowrey, Heather Yule Salenger, and Sandy Simonian.

 The artists will also present a hands-on program, “Make a Map Book,” on Saturday, March 10, 11 am – 2 pm. [See separate listing for details]


The exhibit and program are suitable for all ages. Contact the Art, Music & Recreation Section at 586-3520, 10 days in advance, if a sign language interpreter or other accommodation is required.

 

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Nuuanu Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Picture of women creating a map book craft

Join us in the Library’s first floor Reading Room for a free hands-on program presented by artists from the “Navigating” book arts exhibit. Artists will help patrons of all ages make their own book with a pre-printed map. All supplies will be provided.


Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the Art, Music & Recreation Section at 586-3520, 10 days in advance, if a sign language interepreter or other accommodation is required.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Waianae Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

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