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Expanded Library Hours begin July 6, 2020!  Find new hours for your favorite library

Although our buildings are not completely open, there are limited services available. Please check out Library Take Out or Computer Time at the Library.


In order to keep you informed with changes as soon as possible, we are now using HSPLS NEWS to add updates. New information will be added and older updates will continue to be below.  If you have missed an update, simply scroll to see previous information. We have added dates, so that you know when additions have been made.

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!

JULY 5 | Expanded Hours and Use of Ancestry

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.


HSPLS is also pleased to announce that the use of Ancestry Library Edition from home is extended through July 31, 2020.

June 18 | Computer Reservations 

Make a Computer ReservationStarting 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

MAY 23 | Library Take Out Expanded

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:

  • assistance with library card accounts,
  • payment of fines and fees, and
  • walk up information assistance.

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:

1.Go to Library Catalog or call library branch to place a hold on the item(s) you would like borrow.

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.

APRIL 12 | Kanopy Update | What Your Library Card Now Provides

Kanopy Now Streaming picture with scene from a movie with a woman siting at a piano singingWe 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:

  • watch 3 films,
  • take 1 great course, and
  • watch unlimited Kanopy Kids for 30 days

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.


Library Materials

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.

  • All items (including DVDs and HotPicks) checked-out starting March 16th will have a new due date of June 15, 2020.
  • No fines will be charged for items due between February 26 and the time we re-open to the public. For holds that you placed that haven’t been filled, we are extending your requests to make sure you still get what you want after we reopen.
  • For holds that are already at your favorite library, we will continue to extend them, so you can pick them up after we reopen.
  • It is now possible to place HOLDS for future pick-up. You may receive an email that says that you have two weeks to pick-up, but we are extending all Holds requests to July 15th, 2020.

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.