Reserve and Use a Library Computer

Computer Time at the Library


The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) offers Computer Time access at all library branches statewide, except for Kahului, Liliha and McCully-Moiliili, which are closed for renovation and repair work. Computer Time is also not available at the Hawaii State Library as staff continue to support unemployment processes to support our community.

Re-opening access to our public computers is part of HSPLS’ phased reopening of library services in concert with the local and State’s phased in reopening of services amid the on-going COVID-19 threat.

How does computer time work?

Computer screen and keyboard

  • Computers will be available on a first-come, first-served, walk-up basis or patrons may call ahead to make a reservation. Find your library’s hours and phone number here
  • Sessions begin at the top of the hour (e.g. 10 am, 11 am)
  • Duration of sessions are 45 minutes*
  • One session per day, per person
  • Additionally, Wifi Zones are available outside each library branch during open hours

*If you live on Kauai, please contact your favorite library to find out more about their computer time offerings.

Health and Safety 

For the health and safety of all, everyone is required to wear a face covering which covers their nose and mouth at all times. All equipment and high-touch areas will be cleaned after each computer session is completed.

How can I save files when using a library computer?

Files cannot be permanently saved on to the computer’s hard drive, but downloading to a personal storage device like a flash drive or USB drive is allowed. Remember to bring a personal storage device with you. You must save your files before the end of your session. Warning: files downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses. HSPLS is not responsible for any damage to users’ personal portable storage devices, computers and/or files resulting from their use of the computer.

How can I print from a library computer?

Most library computers are connected to printers. A 15¢ per page donation is appreciated to cover the cost of toner and paper. Printing must be completed before the end of your session. Internet users will receive up to three (3) end of session alerts. HSPLS is not responsible for incomplete downloads or printing.

How do I end or lock a session at a library computer in the library?

If you want to end your session early, click on the “End Session” button to allow other customers to use that computer. Be sure to remember to remove any personal storage devices you may have used during your session. If you need to leave the computer for a few minutes during your session, use the “Lock PC” option on the “Personal Session Manager.” This allows you to save your current Internet session if you need to step away from the Internet computer. To unlock the PC, enter your library card number and click “Unlock Workstation.” Note: Your session time will continue to count down while your PC is locked.

How do I know that the work I do on the library’s computer is not viewed by other people?

The computer reservation system that is used by HSPLS, SAM, ensures your privacy while using the library’s computer. When you end your session and log off the internet, SAM deletes all of the sites you have visited. Your printing information will also be deleted.

ALERT | The HSPLS website will undergo system maintenance on Thursday, March 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HST. Some online services may be temporarily unavailable during this time. We apologize to our patrons for this inconvenience.

In state observance of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day, libraries that are normally closed on Mondays will observe the holiday and be closed on Tuesday, March 28th.