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Hilo Public Library


300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States


Welcome to the Hilo Public Library! Our library is the largest library on Hawaii Island and opened on Jan. 20, 1951. The Naha, one of two historic stones located in front of the library, is believed to be what King Kamehameha lifted to affirm the prophecy that he would unite the Hawaiian Islands. Well-known Hawaii Island artist Henry Bianchini’s donated sculpture “Involuntary Journey” is located in the library’s atrium.

Upcoming events at this branch

Super Nintendo controller

Come in and try the new Nintendo Super NES classic edition video game console! Two players can play at one time – bring your gaming partner or meet a new one. This program is free and open to ages 11 to 17.

All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit 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.


Date Time
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Parking spots 50
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 3
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes


Computers 30
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No