Edwin H. Mookini Library
The Edwin H. Mookini Library, completed in 1981, is located in the heart of the campus. Available to students are 220,000 bound volumes and 1,100 current periodicals from Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland, Asia and Europe. Special formats collected include films, audio, and video cassettes, slides, compact discs, DVDs, microforms and electronic information. In addition, the library is a partial depository for United States and Hawaiʻi State documents. The Hawaiian Collection is the largest circulating collection of Hawaiiana in the State. To ensure student proficiency in use of these collections, the staff offers a comprehensive program of library instruction using a networked electronic library classroom.
The UH Hilo library provides other services and facilities that further the academic mission of the University. Library facilities include ample audiovisual playback equipment and microcomputers with web access, as well as word processing and other applications. The Graphics Department supports instruction with graphics and reprography work. Students may also confer in the library's group study rooms located throughout the building.
Computer technology is increasingly used to meet the information needs of the University community and facilitate access to library services for distance learners. The Library's catalog is now available on LibCat, a Web-based library management system. The Library's reference service is enhanced with subscriptions to full-text databases. Interlibrary loan services assist students and faculty in obtaining research materials from off-campus sources.