Lihue Public Library


4344 Hardy St, Lihue, HI 96766, United States
Lihue Public Library


Welcome to the Lihue Public Library! We are the largest library on Kauai, located in central Lihue within walking distance of many State and County buildings. Designed by architect Stephen Oyakawa, our 22,300 sq. ft. building is distinguished by its arc-shaped roof and lava rock walls. We serve as the regional library and Federal Depository for Kauai. In 2013, our library underwent extensive ADA renovations with facility upgrades and improvements.

Upcoming events at this branch

bodhi tree and speaker

The historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, became enlightened under a fig tree, Ficus religiosa, more than 2,500 years ago in what is today Bodhgaya, India. This tree is commonly referred to as the ‘Bodhi tree’.

As Buddhism spread across Asia and the rest of the world, saplings of the Bodhi tree have followed, including to Kauai.

In this presentation, Professor Dee Denver from Oregon State University will share biological and historical research on Bodhi trees that he and his team have done over recent years with special emphasis on Kauai’s Bodhi trees. The talk will include information about the cultural and historical significance, biology and genetics, and ecological impacts of Bodhi trees.

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.




Date Time
Monday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Parking spots 27
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 3
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes


Computers 15
Magazines 40
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store No
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes

In state observance of the King Kamehameha Day holiday, most public libraries will be closed on Monday, June 12, 2023. Oahu libraries that are normally open on Sundays will observe the holiday on Sunday, June 11 and be open on June 12.