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

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.

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.

shadow divers book cover

For the month of October, the Book Smart Book Club will meet to discuss Shadow Divers: the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II (call number 940.5451 Ku) by Robert Kurson.

A true tale of riveting adventure, in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery, and make history themselves. In the frigid waters of the Atlantic, sixty miles off the coast of New Jersey, a tangle of twisted metal tied to World War II lies buried under years of sediment, waiting to be discovered by the right underwater explorers.

The Book Smart Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Book Club can be directed to booksmartbookclub@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

finished bag with sample

Teens, ages 12 and up, don’t get caught without a book bag for Teen Read Week! Simply bring in an old T-shirt, like the one pictured, and we’ll show you how to transform it into a fashionable book bag! No sewing required! Tips: Thick cotton material works best and the bigger the T-shirt, the roomier the bag! Also, avoid designs near the neckline and the bottom, since these areas will be cut up. This easy one hour craft will be held at the Hawaii State Library’s First Floor Reading Room from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm. As a bonus, art supplies will also be provided so participants can decorate their book bag!  Program subject to change. Should a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations be needed, please notify the library at least 10 days in advance. For more information, call the Young Adult Reference Desk at 586-3490.

Sumi-e painting by Hisae Shouse

The Hawaii State Library is pleased to host an exhibition of Sumi-e artwork by students of local instructor and artist Hisae Shouse.  In the Japanese art of Sumi-e, artists use simple materials, such as black ink and water, to express the essence of a subject with a variety of tones and dynamic brush strokes. The exhibit will be available for viewing October 9-27, 2017 in the First Floor Reading Room during regular library hours.


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.

Sumi-e painting by Shouse

Instructor Hisae Shouse will demonstrate the art of Sumi-e. The Japanese art of Sumi-e, or ink painting, involves limiting details to capture the essence of the subject. The art requires only simple materials such as black ink, water, rice paper, and brushes. With these materials, an artist may produce an infinite variety of tones and paint strokes on washi paper.  The demonstration will be held in the First Floor Reading Room.


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.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies Little Vampire Poster

In this high-spirited family comedy, a kindly clan of Scottish vampires befriend a young American kid who’s just moved to a small, remote village in Scotland. He’s having trouble fitting in or making friends, and he’s bullied at school. To top it off, Tony is having nightmares about vampires. Rudolph flies in the window one night, and they become friends who help each other out. Tony helps his vampire friends achieve their greatest wish: to regain their humanity. Tony and his new friends must stay one step ahead of a relentless vampire hunter in this delightful supernatural family adventure.


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.

Commonwealth book cover

For the month of October, the Hawaii State Library Book Group will discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

In what veteran bestselling writer Ann Patchett calls her most personal book to date, a kiss at a party leads to an affair, divorce, and the death of a child as the lives of six stepsiblings are affected over the course of fifty years.

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.

Sat. Afternoon at Movies Wizard of Oz poster

Follow the yellow brick road! Let’s go “Over the Rainbow” with Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion; Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch. This wonderfully colorful and unique fantasy has melted hearts for more than seven decades with its indelible melodies and transcendent themes of family, home and the courage to pursue dreams.

The movie will be shown in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room.


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.

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