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Aloha, Our public libraries are currently only open for Library Take Out

Please check out  the hours that your favorite library is now open for Library Take Out 

Be Safe and Be Well!


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!

SEPTEMBER 25 | Oahu Public Libraries

At the Hawaii State Public Library System, we are working diligently to navigate the ongoing changes in guidance and requirements from local, state, and federal authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Now that the City and County of Honolulu is in Tier One for reopening, Oahu Public libraries will be open for Library Take Out Services more days of the week. Please find the schedule of your favorite  Oahu public library here.

Please stay tuned as the Hawaii State Public Library System continues to work on phasing in more services.

AUGUST 27 | Temporary Hours for Oahu Public Libraries – Effective Aug. 31, 2020

At the Hawaii State Public Library System, we are working diligently to navigate the ongoing changes in guidance and requirements from local, state, and federal authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting Monday, August 31, 2020, all Oahu public libraries will only be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for Library Take Out services during their regular public service hours. For a list of temporary hours for Oahu public libraries, click here. In addition:

  • All Oahu library book drops will remain open
  • Due dates and hold pick up dates will be extended
  • All Oahu libraries will continue to provide services over the telephone during their regular public service hours.

Updates and alerts will be posted on our website as they occur.

We know these changes may be difficult, but we will continue to find ways to support our communities. We look forward to welcoming Oahu residents back to the Hawaii State Public Library System libraries soon.

For health and hygiene tips, and reliable news sources about COVID-19, please visit the State of Hawaii Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AUGUST 23 | New Features on Website

Three new features have been added to the Hawaii State Public Library System’s website: 1) Scroll carousel to highlight programs and services in the Spotlight, 2) Tutorials for how to use a variety of online library services. Simply click on the Tutorial tab located on the right side of the screen to reveal a menu of learning opportunities, and 3) Our Community, where HSPLS will create connections to important community information. We hope these new features will be helpful as you explore, find and use the amazing resources available through your public library system.

AUGUST 21 | Statehood Day Holiday – All Libraries Closed 

All Hawaii State Public Libraries will be closed on Friday, August 21, 2020 in observance of the Statehood Day Holiday.

In addition, Aiea, Hawaii Kai and Makawao will be closed on Saturday, August 22, 2020 in observance of the Statehood Day Holiday.

AUGUST 13 | Temporarily Suspends Computer Time at All Libraries

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the State, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will temporarily suspend Computer Time at all library branches statewide, August 16 – 31, 2020.  However, using their library card, patrons will be able to access the Hawaii State Public Library System’s wifi network from outside the library buildings during public service hours.  Wifi access is not available at the Hawaii State Library, Liliha, Kahului, and McCully-Moiilili Public Libraries at this time.

Public libraries will continue to offer Library Take Out services at all branches statewide, except at the Liliha, Kahului and McCully-Moiliili Public Libraries, which are closed for renovation.  Library Take Out allows patrons to pick up hold items that are ready for them at their favorite library branch. All library patrons are required to follow basic health protocols including wearing a face covering, which covers their nose and mouth, while interacting with library staff.

Mahalo for your patience as we all work together to be healthy and safe.

JULY 10 | Book Returns in the time of COVIDA shelf of quarantined books

Mahalo for borrowing and returning our library materials! During COVID times you may be wondering – what happens to books and other borrowed items when they are returned?

Rest assured, we are following the latest research recommendations when it comes to library materials, made possible by REALM. REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) is a research partnership between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the research organization Battelle and OCLC, a global library organization. Battelle scientists have determined the COVID 19 virus is undetectable on library materials after three days. You can read more about this study here.

When items are returned, they are carefully moved and placed in a separate quarantine area where they are kept for at least four days. This means they will still show “Checked Out” when you view your account online or may be listed as items automatically renewed even after you have returned them. Once the four-day quarantine is over, staff check the items back in noting the actual return date, removing them from your library account. If you have any questions about returned materials still being on your account, wait a few days, and then give your local library a call. You’ll be happy to know we aim to take care of our patrons and keep any unnecessary overdue fines from being charged.  Keep on borrowing and we’ll get through this together!

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.

NOTE: Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, Computer Time at the Library is temporarily suspended from August 16-31, 2020.

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.