Holiday Observance 

In observance of Christmas Day, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, December 25. On Christmas Eve – Wednesday, December 24 – all public libraries that normally offer Wednesday evening hours will close no later than 5 p.m.  Call your local library as closing times will vary. For more information, view the statewide holiday schedule.      



Pearl City Library Closure for Renovation


Pearl City Public Library, located at 1138 Waimano Home Road, closed for scheduled Renovation Projects on Monday, December 15.  The book drop will be locked and inaccessible for the duration of the project, and the parking lot will be closed as well. Renovation will include: re-roofing, re-flooring, and other improvements for the Library.  More Information















A Holiday Season Message from the State Librarian


Happy Holidays to all our patrons, supporters and staff members throughout the state. As some of you may have heard, I will be retiring at the end of the year after working for the Hawaii State Public Library System for more than thirty years, the final seven as State Librarian.


I am extremely proud of all that our staff has been able to accomplish over the past several years, in both traditional and electronic library services. We have increased public service hours, collections, programs, and services, and we have leveraged technology to transform Hawaii’s public libraries. We have enabled Wi-Fi in all our libraries; implemented 1 G fiber-optic connectivity; developed popular and growing ebook and e-magazine collections; increased access to library resources both online and in-person; created an ongoing social media presence; and increased online learning opportunities including courses in 23 foreign languages, digital literacy, advanced technology training, workforce development and personal learning and growth opportunities.


Our staff has worked extremely hard to lay the foundation for future progress and successes, and I am confident the current momentum will continue and even increase.


It has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve as Hawaii’s State Librarian for the past seven years, and I thank the Board of Education for the opportunity and for their support. Ultimately it is our staff members who do the work of the Library System, and I thank them for their hard work, dedication and support over the years. Happy Holidays to all, and Aloha.


Richard Burns

State Librarian




State Librarian Receives Second Consecutive Exceptional Rating from BOE


State Librarian Richard Burns received an “Exceptional” rating from the Board of Education (BOE), the highest rating possible, during his annual job performance evaluation, and received commendations from then-Governor Neil Abercrombie and a resolution from the Board for his 30 years of dedicated service during the Board’s General Business Meeting on November 18.  Burns, who is retiring at the end of December 2014, also received an Exceptional rating from the BOE on July 16, 2013.

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Three Big Island Libraries Offer 24/7 Wi-Fi to Puna Area Residents

Updated: October 28, 2014


While the Kilauea lava flow advances into Pahoa Village on the Big Island, three libraries in the region will provide Wi-Fi service that will be accessible 24/7, announced State Librarian Richard Burns. The three libraries will maintain their normal public service hours.


The libraries - Keaau Public & School Library, Mountain View Public & School Library, and Pahoa Public & School Library - will offer after hours Wi-Fi access as far as the signal extends beyond the perimeter of the buildings.  Wi-Fi users are advised to connect to the HSPLS-Lava network.  For more information, contact a local library.  


“In an effort to provide access to the resources our Puna neighbors need at this critical time, we are extending the hours of our free Wi-Fi service so they can access the Internet for information, communication, recovery resources and other necessities,” said Burns.














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