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

logo for minds matter teen mental health art exhibit

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 have experienced a severe mental disorder. This exhibit hopes to make mental health a more accessible and better understood topic by giving middle school and high school students a chance to express themselves and share their stories through art.

This exhibit will run March 2nd, 2019 though March 25, 2019, and is available for viewing in the Front Lobby and the First Floor Reading Room of the Hawaii State Library during business hours.

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

Tattooist of Auschwitz book cover

For the month of March, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

In this 2018 bestselling novel, Slovakian Jew Lale is transported to Auschwitz and put to work as a tattooist, permanently marking his fellow prisoners, including Gita, whom he vows to marry one day. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange money from murdered Jews for food to keep other prisoners alive.

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. 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.

painting Irises by Ogata Korin

A talk by Stephen Salel, the Robert F. Lange Foundation Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Interested in the history of Japanese art? Join curator of Japanese art Stephen Salel for a fast-paced virtual tour of many artworks produced since the year 300, including several works designated as National Treasures. Discussion topics include the various formats of Japanese painting, the medium’s cultural origins, the meaning behind medieval Buddhist art, the different schools of painting in early modern Japan, and the political rivalries of 20th and 21st century artists. Talk will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room.

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.

succulent

Do you want to know more about succulents? Experienced gardeners from the Xeriscape Hui of the Oahu Urban Garden Center will share their knowledge of growing succulents. In our outdoor courtyard, we will learn how to plant succulents in recycled ceramic bowls with soil, cinders, and chopsticks. All materials will be provided. This adult program has limited seating. Please sign up at the Art, Music, & Recreation desk or call 586-3520.

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.

a pile of LEGO blocks
  • March 30, 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.

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.

Graduation cap with money roll and coins

The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling (HACAC) will conduct a presentation on how high school students and their families could make informed financial decisions about college. This free 75-minute presentation will be held in the First Floor Reading Room. Younger students and their families are also welcome to attend.

HACAC is a non-profit organization of professionals working in the realm of college admissions, both on the secondary and post-secondary levels. Members are dedicated to helping students transition to post-secondary opportunities through education, collaboration, and community building.

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.

 

photo of flower lei

Do you know which commonly-grown Hawaii plants are ideal for lei-making?  Master Gardener Pam Hinsdale will show and describe garden plants used for lei-making and tell us about some growing conditions for the plants to thrive.  This one-hour adult program is co-sponsored by the Oʻahu Master Gardener Program, part of the Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and will be held in the courtyard area of the Hawaii State Library.

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.

Stack of boxed games
  • April 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.

Avengers Infinity War poster

The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos. He is a despot of intergalactic infamy whose goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment. The movie will be shown in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room. PG-13 149 min.

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