Loving the library card, Ann and George Fujioka use it to access online and physical resources in the library.

Loving the library card, Ann and George Fujioka use it to access online and physical resources in the library.

You may not realize the endless possibilities your library card provides for exploring, enjoyment and lifelong learning at your Hawai‘i State Public Library System (HSPLS). Get a free card, at any one of your 50 public libraries.

1. Access and Assistance for “Techie” Gadgets. Enter the online world using one of our 800 public computers with Internet access, available by reservation in libraries statewide. You may also borrow a fully functional netbook for a threeweek loan period from 37 of our libraries. Use free Wi-Fi (wireless data access) on your own device at any library during public service hours. Our library staff is available to assist, and can help you set up your device to download e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines from our Over- Drive and OneClickdigital online collections, or create an email or Facebook account to keep in touch with family and friends.

2. Enhance Your Travels Abroad. Explore places, people and cultures by borrowing travel books and e-books. Take Mango Languages or Powerspeak e-earning website courses to learn handy in-language catch phrases to communicate with the locals. Download reading for the “road” to your hand-held device. You may even apply for your passport at the Hawai‘i State Library’s Federal Document Section on O‘ahu and the Kea‘au Public & School Library on Hawai‘i island.

3. Get Trusted Info for Health and More. Our librarians can offer confidential, reputable reference information from databases and websites to suit your individual needs. You may also access hundreds of free instructor-led, online courses provided by Gale Courses, ranging from personal finance to digital photography, and health and wellness. We also offer free access to Microsoft IT Academy’s 250 e-Learning courses, including basic WORD, Excel spreadsheets and more.

4. Find Tax and Legal Forms. Hawai‘i State tax forms are available at your library. Some branches also provide federal tax forms. In partnership with the State Judiciary and Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, libraries now offer self-represented litigants frequently used civil (family, consumer and housing law) legal forms on www.lawhelp.org/hi. The website guides users in filling out the forms easily and correctly. Please consult your tax and legal experts for specific questions.

5. Enjoy Leisure and Family Time. Explore your interests by borrowing popular e-magazines from Zinio. Topics include food, hobbies, sports, business, fashion and entertainment. Rent Korean TV dramas or family friendly DVDs for just $1. Most branches offer weekly preschool storytimes and year-round programs and activities. Celebrate “Heroes” during our seven-week 2015 HSPLS Summer Reading Program, which kicks off May 31. Call or visit us online for information.

Office of the State Librarian
Hawai‘i State Public Library System
808-831-6878 | lds@librarieshawaii.org