Borrow items from a non HSPLS library

If the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) does not have the particular item you want, the interlibrary loan section at the Hawaii State Library can help you borrow it or get photocopies from libraries outside of our system.

What do I need to borrow an item from a non-HSPLS library?

  • A current HSPLS library card
  • Less than $10.00 in fines and charges
  • Agreement to follow the applicable copyright restrictions

Is there a fee?

Yes. There is a $10.00 non-refundable fee per item to cover the costs of the processing and postage. If the lending library has additional fees, those charges will be added to the overall cost of processing the request.

How do I make a request?

  • Download the HSPLS interlibrary loan request form.
  • Complete the form. Be sure to indicate the maximum amount of additional charges you are willing to pay.

How long does it take to get my item(s)?

Searches and loan arrangements require communication with other libraries and it may take several weeks for the requested item(s) to arrive. Mailing can sometimes be expedited for an additional charge.

What if I have a library card with another library? Can I still borrow from HSPLS?

If you are not an HSPLS cardholder, you can request items from HPSLS through your local library. Our fees to institutions outside of our system are $15.00 per item provided, or $1.25 per page for photocopies.

If I have more questions, who should I contact?

For more information, e-mail the Hawaii State Library’s interlibrary loan section or call (808) 586-3621.

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

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