Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

Effective October 1, 2022, access to the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled will be available only to individuals registered with the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. LBPD was established as a network library for the National Library Service in 1931, and continues in its core mission to provide library services and materials to those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled for the people of Hawaii.

This change is necessary for the limited LBPD staff to focus on supporting their primary patrons and ensuring that they have access to reading materials and resources that support their needs.

All Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) libraries offer free public library services (such as free wifi and public computers), as well as access to large type materials. The collection of large type materials at the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library has been increased. Additionally, large type materials may be requested for transfer to your nearest public library for your convenience.


402 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States
Photo of front entrance of LBPD building


The Hawaii State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) was designed by architect George W. McLaughlin and opened in its present location in 1961. LBPD provides books and magazines in audio and braille for patrons who are certified as having a visual impairment or other physical limitation that prevents them from reading standard printed material. LBPD has a Radio Reading Service: a closed-circuit broadcast for registered patrons which features news from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, grocery ads, and articles and stories from other local publications. If you are interested receiving these free services, please contact our LBPD section to see if you are eligible and learn how to apply.


Date Time
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Parking spots 15
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 1
Book drop off No
Restrooms Yes


Computers 0
Magazines 6
Newspapers 3
WiFi No
Friends' book store No
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying No
Test proctoring services No

In State holiday observance of King Kamehameha I Day, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024.