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

The Wife book cover

For the Month of June, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Wife by Meg Wolitzer.

The basis for the Oscar nominated film starring Glenn Close, The Wife centers on world-famous novelist Joe, his wife Joan, and the secret they’ve kept for decades. The novel opens just as Joe is about to receive a prestigious international award, prompting Joan to reflect on the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted.

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.

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

galaxy slime logo

Make your own Galaxy Slime in celebration of this year’s Summer Reading Program.  Program will be held on June 22 (Saturday), from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, in the Middle Reader Room. For ages 5-10 (children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult). Limited to 10 participants. Sign up at the Children’s Reference Desk.

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.

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, CA 1936 by Dorothea Lange, licensed by the Library of Congress.

Explore the many ideas and images that have defined the photographic medium in its 175-year history, in this presentation by David Ulrich. View the highlights of the multiple histories— artistic, social, technological, and cultural—from which photography today has evolved. Emphasis is given to twentieth and twenty-first century practitioners.

David Ulrich is a professor and co-director of Pacific New Media Foundation in Honolulu. He teaches frequent classes and workshops and is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Mānoa, and Sierra Club publications. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in more than 75 one-person and group exhibitions. He is the author of The Widening Stream: The Seven Stages of Creativity and Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography.

This presentation will be held in the library’s first floor reading room.

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
  • June 29, 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

LEGO bricks photograph by Arto Alanenpaa

Come and view a display of original, all-new LEGO creations in the theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program: “A Universe of Stories” created by the LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii (LEAHI).  LEAHI’s amazing creations of spaceships, moon bases, aliens, and more can be viewed in the library’s first floor Reading Room during regular library hours.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

 

Killers of the Flower Moon book cover

In July, the book club will meet on Wednesday, July 10th from 2-3 pm in the reference area of the Language, Literature and History Section to discuss Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Call number: 976.60049 Gr.

In the 1920s, members of Oklahoma’s Osage Indian nation were the world’s richest people per capita, for oil had been discovered beneath their land. Then they began dying mysteriously in what proved to be a test for the newly formed FBI. A story both chilling and shameful; from author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Lost City of Z.

This book club typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries can be directed to booksmartbookclub@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

Image of Jason Lott, Attorney Advisor USPTO Trademark Ed Outreach

Want to start a business the right way and grow it to success? A strong trademark or brand name is a key to business success. It protects and sets your business apart from competitors. Join this FREE seminar and learn about trademark basics from the expert. Jason Lott, USPTO Attorney Advisor for Trademark Educational Outreach will discuss:

  • Difference between trademark, patent, copyright, domain name, and business name
  • Key to creating a protectable trademark
  • Importance of a comprehensive trademark search
  • Registering your trademark with the USPTO
  • How to get free and reduced-price legal assistance
  • Benefits of federal trademark registration

Program will be held in the Hawaii State Library first floor Reading Room.

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.

LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii (LEAHI)

A LEGO® building event with the members of LEAHI (LEGO® Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii) will be held for children ages 4-12 in the library’s first floor Reading Room. There will be building contests and the chance to win LEGO® sets! LEAHI members will also be giving away one free LEGO® mini-figure to each child. Young children must be accompanied by a parent.

Come and view LEAHI’s display of original, all-new LEGO® creations in the theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program: “A Universe of Stories.”  Creations of spaceships, moon bases, aliens, and more can be viewed in the library’s first floor Reading Room during the month of July.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

For more information or special accommodation, please call 586-3510.

Stack of boxed games
  • July 13, 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).

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

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