Holiday Observance

All public libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Kealakekua Public Library (Hawaii Island) will also be closed on Friday, November 28. For more information, contact your local library or view the statewide holiday schedule.














Volunteers Contribute 117,060 Hours to Libraries


A total of 2,455 volunteers (adults and youth) contributed 117,060 hours of service to 48 public libraries and two support offices of the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. These totals represent a 48.8 percent increase over the number of hours in 2013 (78,621). With 117,060 hours of work donated, if HSPLS paid minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, the amount would be an astounding $848,685!


Among the most popular duties that library volunteers perform are summer reading program assistance, book cleaning, book shelving, shelf reading, donation sorting, and donation pricing.


A good example of how a volunteer group helped our libraries was when Saint Francis School Senior Class students and teachers volunteered at Manoa Public Library as part of the school’s Ola Kino Maika‘i project. “The Senior Class students who came to volunteer at our library were pleasant, polite, intelligent, and did a terrific job dusting shelves, cleaning windows,  and weeding our Native plants garden,” said Library Manager Christel Collins. “The tasks the Senior Class performed are seldom attractive to volunteers because they involve physical labor, and our limited staffing means they don’t receive adequate attention. The students who assisted us performed a great service for the Manoa community.”




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.




New Partnership Uses Technology to Assist Public with Legal Forms



The Hawaii State Public Library System, in partnership with the Hawaii State Judiciary and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (Legal Aid), will provide access to the Self-Help Interactive Court Forms on the library system's 800 Internet computers and 250 netbooks statewide. Legal Aid utilized state-of-the-art software to develop the self-help interactive forms, which will help guide the public in how to identify and complete civil legal forms. The software also includes a new chat feature to enable individuals to ask questions directly to Legal Aid about the self-help forms on its LawHelp website.



The new self-help interactive forms are also available at














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