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We are grateful to all of your for patience as we continue to phase in our services and implement new protocols for ensuring that our spaces are safe and healthy for everyone. Mahalo!
Beginning Monday, July 6th, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will be expanding the hours of service at branches to include some of the evening and weekends hours from their pre-COVID schedules. McCully-Moiliili and Liliha remain closed while under construction.
Due to ongoing health conditions, full access to the buildings is not yet available as HSPLS works to expand access. Library Take Out and Computer Time at the Library services will continue to be offered. Our library buildings continue to only be open for library patrons with computer reservations, which can be made online via our website or by calling a library.
For the health and safety of everyone, all library patrons entering the building are required to wear a face covering, which covers both their nose and mouth while visiting the library. The equipment and high touch areas will be cleaned after each computer session is completed.
ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION
HSPLS is also pleased to announce that the use of Ancestry Library Edition from home is extended through July 31, 2020.
Starting June 17, 2020, limited computer access is available by reservation in 48 of the 51 library branches. Library staff will wear masks and gloves and practice social distancing. Equipment will be cleaned between each 60-minute session. Temporary hours and locations may change in future weeks based on current public health conditions.
How do patrons make a reservation to use the computers?
There are two ways to make an appointment. Patrons can make an online reservation or call their local library branch and speak with a library staff member.
For more information check out the FAQ
Thank you for enthusiastically embracing our new Library Take Out appointment scheduler with over 600 library patrons making appointments to pick up their materials each day in this last week.
Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, the Library Take Out Menu is expanding to include:
Did you sign up online for a library card? Now you can activate your card for access to full range of services.
The Hawaii State Library is now open for Library Take Out!
Here’s how it works:
2. After receiving a notice that your item(s) are ready for pick up, you can schedule a Library Take Out appointment online with the library that is on the hold notice.
Library Take Out service is not available at the following libraries: Liliha, McCully, Pearl City. No book donations will be accepted at this time.
Although our buildings remain closed to the public for now, we are excited to offer Library Take Out as a convenient and safe way to access library books and materials. We appreciate the your patience as we continue to phase in our library services for the community.
We are also excited that the reception of Kanopy as a new service has been so popular! Just for the first 6 weeks, there were 37,713 movies watched. We are grateful to Kanopy for allowing Hawaii to have unlimited access for an extended period of time, especially while we were home. Now that we are moving into our subscription with Kanopy, we had to begin limiting check-outs per library card so that we can afford to offer this service. This limit began last Monday. We deeply apologize for causing frustration by not having a clearer message out to everyone before this change happened.
Here is some more information on the change.
Your library card now provides you with 3 play credits for films and the opportunity each month to:
Using your play credits
The number of credits you have will appear at the top left of the screen of whatever device you are using. To use a play credit, you must press play on a video and have the video play for at least 5 seconds. Once a play credit is logged, you will have a full 3 days (72 hours) to watch the video as many times as you would like without using another play credit, even if a new month starts and your credits reset. Your Viewing History (when accessing from a web or mobile browser) will show any video that is still available to view in your 3 day window. Unused play credits will not roll over into the next month.
For technical assistance, please visit Kanopy Help.
We don’t want you to worry about fines and due dates during this stressful time while we are closed. Due dates and holds have been automatically extended.
Online Resources – Free with a library card!
We are always open here on our website with many amazing online resources available to access from home 24/7. Here are just a few online collections to try:
Don’t have a Library Card? – Sign up Now!
Don’t have a library card? You can now sign up for a library card online now! Gain access to ebooks, digital newspapers and magazines, streaming movies and more!
For questions about library card accounts and more, library patrons can call 808-586-3500 on Oahu, or toll-free at 800-390-3611 for all other islands, Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.