University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

Visitor Services

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library welcomes visitors who are not affiliated with the University of Hawai'i. We are proud to be able to provide the Hawai'i community with access to this major academic research library. The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library, including Hamilton Library and Sinclair Library, is open to any individual who wishes to use materials in the library buildings.

During late night/over night hours (9:00pm - 7:30am) Sinclair Library building access is limited to UH faculty, students and staff who present valid UH IDs.

Many library materials are available on open shelves for self-retrieval. Selected materials are kept in protective storage and may not be available to all library users.  In addition, for a reasonable fee, community members also may obtain certain borrowing privileges.


Access services available to community users and visitors:


Borrowing privileges available to community users and visitors:

While the UHM Library provides reasonable access to the collections within the Libraries for all users, there is a distinction between access and borrowing privileges. Borrowing privileges for non-UH affiliated users, age 18 and over, are provided through purchase of a UH Library Community Borrower Card or Associates Card. These policies are available on this website. With a Community Borrower Card, visitors may:

Note: Purchase of a Community Borrower Card does not include access to intrasystem or interlibrary loans, computer labs, group study rooms, lockers, or remote access to restricted online databases.


Temporary Visitor Internet Access (VIA)

Through the University of Hawai'i (UH) Information Technology Services (ITS), the UH faculty and staff may request Temporary Visitor Internet Access (VIA) for their visitors. More information is available on the ITS VIA web site [http://www.hawaii.edu/via/].


Library External Services Program

The University of Hawai'i is committed to providing library services to non-UH affiliated users such as business and industry, community groups, as well as scholars and researchers from other educational institutions. For information contact the Library External Services Program at 808-956-5956 esp@hawaii.edu.


Children's Use of the Library and Resources

Since the UHM Libraries collections and services are developed for the support of UH students, faculty and staff, few juvenile materials will be found here. Children should be accompanied at all times for their safety and well being by a parent or adult. Children should never be left unsupervised. Children under the age of 13 who are unaccompanied by an adult may be referred to Campus Security. Parents, not the Library, are responsible for children's use of the Library, including access to electronic resources and the Internet.


Signed: John R. Haak, University Librarian
Date: April 11, 2000

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