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General Information

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library is open to anyone who wishes to use its resources in the Hamilton Library and Sinclair Library buildings. Children 13 years of age and younger must be supervised by an adult. Certain resources are restricted to University students, faculty and staff. Limited borrowing privileges may be approved for visiting scholars.


About the Library

See also the Library Strategic Plan 2008-2015 (PDF) and Library Facts and Figures

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library serves as a key resource for the Manoa campus and for the other UH system campuses as well. Located in Honolulu's Manoa Valley, the Manoa campus is a land, sea and space grant institution with a Fall 2009 full-time enrollment of 14,726 students. It is rated as a Carnegie Research Universities (Very High Research Activity) institution. Doctorates are granted in 51 fields of study. Extramural grants and contracts totalled nearly $300 million in 2007-2008.

As of June 2010, the Library has a staff of 84 FTE library faculty and other professional staff, 70 FTE support staff, and 62 FTE student assistants. The collections contain more than 3.4 million volumes, 2.3 million microform units, about 5,000 computer files, 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, more than 73,000 audiovisual items, and nearly 95,000 maps and aerial photographs. Approximately 50,000 serial and journal titles are currently received in paper and/or electronic formats. Total expenditures from all sources of funds totaled more than $15,000,000 in 2009-2010. The Library manages its primary business operations using the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system.

Collections are housed in three buildings on campus: Hamilton Library, Sinclair Library, and Jefferson Hall. Hamilton Library, with a total of 304,265 square feet of space, houses the research collections in the humanities, social sciences, science, and technology, the area focus collections for Asia, Hawaii, and the Pacific; archives, manuscripts, and other special research collections. The 95,000 square foot Sinclair Library is home to the music collection, course reserve reading service, Wong Audiovisual Center, and storage of older journals. Both Hamilton and Sinclair contain a campus computer lab and provide reference, instruction, and other services.

During 2009-2010, the library faculty and staff assisted library users in nearly 64,000 reference transactions, more than 360,000 circulation (borrowing) transactions, and nearly 35,000 interlibrary loan transactions. Through their instructional activities, the Library faculty support the Manoa General Education and other campus requirements for student information literacy. During 2009-2010, the Library faculty guest lectured in more than 500 undergraduate and graduate class sessions involving more than 8,000 students.

The UH Manoa Library maintains memberships in many academic and professional consortia and organizations including the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the 113 North American university research library members of ARL, UH Manoa Library was ranked 76th on the ARL Library Investment Index, 2006-07.


University of Hawaii at Manoa University Librarians

Name Term of Service
Caroline (Carrie) P. Green 1907 to 1908 - Acting Librarian
1908 to 1912
Elizabeth Bryan 1913 to 1919
Clara Hemenway 1919 to 1928
Mary Pringle 1926 to 1928 - Acting Librarian
Mary Pringle 1928 to 1943
Carl G. Stroven 1943 to 1966
Ralph R. Shaw
(Appointed as Dean of Library Activities)
1966 to 1969
Stanley West 1969 to 1977
Donald L. Bosseau 1977 to 1982
Robert Stevens April to August 1982 - Acting Librarian
Ira Harris August to December 1982 - Acting Librarian
John R. Haak 1983 to 2000
Jean H. Ehrhorn, Interim University Librarian July 2000 to December 2001
Diane Perushek 2001 to 2006
Paula Mochida, Interim University Librarian 2007 to 2011
Gregg Geary, Interim University Librarian 2012 to 2013
Irene Herold, University Librarian 2013 to present




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