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Library Information

Hawai‘i Pacific University Libraries serve the HPU community at three locations: 1) Waterfront Library on the downtown campus, 2) Atherton Library at Hawai‘i Loa, and 3) the Learning Commons at Aloha Tower Marketplace (operated in conjunction with Information Technology Services). Additionally, library services and resources are available via the library’s website. The HPU Libraries are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our students, faculty and staff through classroom visits, research support, and curriculum-supporting collections.


The Hawai‘i Pacific University Libraries and Learning Commons support the scholarly endeavors of the HPU community with dynamic services, resources, and facilities. They further serve as gathering places for study, collaboration, and instruction, with the goal of exemplifying the mission and shared values of HPU.

The Collections

The HPU Libraries’ collections consist of databases, electronic books, print books, periodicals (magazines, journals, and newspapers), and media. Print materials are housed in the Waterfront and Atherton libraries. Emphasis is given to acquiring titles that are academically oriented and relevant to courses offered by the University. Books, eBooks, journals, articles, streaming video, and more are available through the HPU Libraries’ discovery service ( Online databases are available via the HPU Libraries’ website ( and the Libraries links in Blackboard.

Reference and Instruction Services

Reference and instruction services are offered in each library to provide students and faculty with professional research assistance. Both locations offer library instruction sessions to individuals and classes, along with student group orientations. For off-campus access to research help, a 24/7 chat service is accessible via the library’s homepage. The chat service can also be accessed through course menus in Blackboard.

Access Services

General library services are offered at each branch, including item check-outs and check-ins, book delivery services, course reserved books and media from instructors, and interlibrary loan services. By request, books can be transported between the Waterfront and Atherton branches.

Library Hours

Hours vary by location and may be found on our website at: Extended evening hours are provided prior to final examination periods during the major academic terms. Library hours are generally shortened during the summer and winter terms. The HPU Libraries are closed on university-observed holidays.

Archives and Closed Collections

A specially designated room contains our university archives and various volumes of books that, because of their uniqueness and presentation of information, require special consideration and handling. Access to the materials in this room is by appointment only