Edwin H. Mookini Library
Helen M. Rogers, Interim University Librarian
Circulation Desk, Hours and Reserves: (808) 932-7286
Reference Desk: (808) 932-7296
Library Administration: (808) 932-7280
Completed in 1981 and located in the heart of the campus, the Mookini Library serves as a gathering place and a gateway to many sources of learning and knowledge for both UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College.
Over 230,000 bound volumes are available as well as an increasing number of electronic books, which can be accessed anywhere via the Internet. In addition, the library provides access to thousands of online journals and keeps a browsing collection of print journals onsite. Special formats collected include compact disks, DVDs, and microforms. The library is a partial depository for both United States and Hawaiʻi state documents. A highlight of the library is the Hawaiian Collection, which houses extensive holdings on all aspects of Hawai‘i.
Computer technology is increasingly used to meet the information needs of the university community and to facilitate access to library services for distance learners. The library’s catalog, research databases, and research guides are all available online. To ensure proficiency in the use of library resources, the staff offers a comprehensive program of library instruction using a networked electronic classroom and interactive online tools.
The Mookini Library provides additional services and facilities that advance the academic mission of the university. The library’s reference services connect users with information resources available to them. Library holdings for the entire University of Hawaiʻi system are accessible through the library’s interlibrary loan service, which obtains research materials from off-campus sources for students and faculty. Facilities in the library include a computer lab as well as additional computers and printing stations located throughout the building. Scanning and printing stations are available. Wireless network access to the Internet is provided in most areas of the building. Students may reserve a media production room when they wish to incorporate media into their projects or to practice delivering multimedia presentations. Students also may confer in group study rooms, some of which have been enhanced with computer technology.