Hawaii State Library

The Hawaii State Library is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. Learn about passport processing hours and requirements.


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
Hawaii State Library

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

Norwegian composer Alf Hurum

This free concert by members of the NW Grieg Society and Honolulu Symphony celebrates the arrival of Norwegian composer Alf Hurum in Honolulu, where he would live out much of the rest of his life.

Featuring:

  • Laura Loge, soprano
  • Steven Luksan, piano
  • Duane Padilla, violin
  • Rachel Saul, violin
  • Anna Womack, viola
  • Kathleen Long, cello

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Danilo Marrone playing the harmonica

Enjoy the melodious sounds of a fascinating instrument-the harmonica, or “mouth organ” –during this entertaining and informative program. Danilo Marrone will treat your ears, hearts, and minds to this much beloved instrument that can be heard in all genres of musical styles. Please join us for this performance and Q&A session. Registration not required.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.
All programs are subject to change.

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Learn how to create a beautiful plumeria ribbon lei with Sandy Murphy, retired manager from ribbon supply store U‘i Mau a Mau. Pattern from Tracy Harada, owner and lei designer.

Perfect for graduation or if you just want to learn a new craft. Space is limited, reserve your place by calling (808)586-3500.

Supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself or a friend. Meeting space is in the Art Music & Recreation Section Reference Room.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change. See a schedule of upcoming events at librarieshawaii.org/events.

Water Color Sunset Poshiki art

Join Paige Su of Poshiki to learn how to paint with watercolors. Follow along as she creates a beautiful sunset beach landscape painting and go home with your own creation.

Space is limited. Call (808)586-3500 to reserve your spot. Supplies will be provided. This program is intended for beginners ages 16 and up.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.
All programs are subject to change. See a schedule of upcoming events at librarieshawaii.org/events.

 

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

All public libraries will be closed for the upcoming state holidays:
Tuesday, March 26, for Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day and Friday, March 29, for Good Friday.