About Library Collections

Several collections have moved during Summer 2023 due to construction. Please see a library staff member to help you find materials.

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The library has several different models of cameras that can be borrowed.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – Circulation Desk

3 cameras

Closed Shelves

Current test preparation guides and other books in high demand. Most items may be borrowed, limited circulation periods may apply.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – Circulation Desk

Course Reserves

"Does the library have my textbook?"

Materials that instructors have designated as high-use or required readings for specific courses.

Materials are listed in LibCat's Course Reserves search.

More information about Course Reserves.


Movies, TV shows, documentaries, anime, foreign films.

Lists of available DVDs organized by genre are available.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level)

Popular DVDs Collection

General Collection


Circulating books covering all subject areas. Larger materials are shelved as Folios or Grand Folios at the end of stack ranges.

  • Call numbers starting with A through G – 2nd floor (Main Level)
  • Call numbers starting with H through Z – 1st floor (Lower Level)

Government Documents

See the FDLP Basic Collection for core U.S. Government resources.

The Hawaiian Collection houses Hawaiʻi state documents and maps.

Hawaiian Collection

Entrance to the Hawaiian Collection room

Hawaiʻi-related materials housed in a separate controlled-environment room. The collection contains books about history, art, culture, science, music, and language. Materials include maps, historic periodicals, and microfilm.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level)

HŌKŪ- Hilo Online Knowledge Universe

HŌKŪ logo banner The mission of HŌKŪ is to serve as a managed online space where UH Hilo scholarly or creative content in electronic formats may be stored, preserved, and disseminated. Some of the content in HŌKŪ includes Theses and Dissertations, School of Nursing Practice Inquiry Projects, DKICP Student Research Projects, and Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit Projects.

Laptop Computers

Laptops can be borrowed by UH Hilo students, faculty, and staff (not available to Hawaiʻi Community College at this time). Headsets with microphones are also available to be borrowed separately.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – Circulation Desk

Loanable Technology

Cameras, camera accessories, laptops, computer accessories, audiovisual equipment, stage equipment. Discover what technology the library has to borrow by visiting Wahi Pāpaho.


Some maps are listed in LibCat, however you may do better by browsing the maps located on the 3rd floor (Upper Level), which include:

  • World maps by the National Geographic Society (NGS), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and others. Many of these may be checked out.

  • U. S. maps by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), charts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and more. Many of these may be checked out.

The Hawaiian Collection houses Hawaiʻi state documents and maps.

map cases and globe
open map drawers


Microfilm and microfiche - mostly older newspapers. Library use only.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – behind Reference Collection
  • 3rd floor (Upper Level)

Music CDs

CDs are listed in LibCat - take the call number to the Circulation Desk.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) - Circulation Desk

CDs - various music genres

Online Collections

Ebooks, ejournals, news sources, streaming video, and other database collections. Most resources are licensed for use only by UH Hilo or Hawaiʻi Community College students, faculty, and staff.

Periodical Backfiles

Collection of older journal and magazine issues. Library use only. For online access to more periodicals, see Online Collections above.

  • 3rd floor (Upper Level)



High-interest books including biographies, fiction, non-fiction, short-stories, and folk tales.

The collection also includes English language readers that are primarily used by students in English as a Second Language classes.

More information about the READ Collection.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level)

Recreational Reading

Collections of fiction and nonfiction books for light reading and entertainment.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level)

Reference Collection

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistical sources, bibliographies, and other reference publications.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – behind Information Desk

Streaming Video Collections

Streaming academic videos from various providers. Thousands of titles available in all subject areas.


"Does the library have my textbook?"

The library does not normally purchase textbooks, but does have a page that gives some options including Course Reserves, Open Educational Resources (OER), Interactive Digital Access Program (IDAP) through Laulima, rentals, and low-cost online or online + print textbooks.


The library has two different types of ʻukulele that can be borrowed.

  • 2nd floor (Main Level) – Circulation Desk


Wahi Pāpaho

The Media Commons, Wahi Pāpaho, combines the cameras, laptops, ʻukulele, computer software, and other equipment available through the library.