Introduction to LibCat

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LibCat is the tool the library uses to list the materials it has, both physically and online, such as:

  • books
  • DVDs and streaming videos (academic and entertainment titles)
  • music CDs
  • academic journals and popular magazines

LibCat offers more search options and limiters than Voyager, the previous catalog. With LibCat, you can find books and other physical items on the libraryÔÇÖs shelves, as well as links directly to ebooks.

Register with the Library

To use LibCat and other library resources, you must be registered with the library. An online registration form is available; processing takes a few business days.

Borrowing Materials

To borrow materials, including books, DVDs, course reserves, laptops, cameras, ╩╗ukeleles, you need a valid, government-issue, photo ID (it does not have to be a UH ID). More information about borrowing.

Choose Your Campus

To search LibCat, go to the libraryÔÇÖs home page and choose your campus: Mookini Library serves UH Hilo and both Hawai╩╗i Community College campuses: East Hawai╩╗i (Manono) and West Hawai╩╗i (P─ülamanui).

For details and examples of these searches, see the LibCat Basic Searches page.

UH Hilo LibCat homepage

LibCat Searches

LibCat (Default) Search

The default LibCat search looks for print books, ebooks, CDs, and DVDs that are in the Mookini Library (or P─ülamanui Library for West Hawai╩╗i patrons).

This search is for materials in the library building or online that you can access right away, provided they arenÔÇÖt already checked out. More information about LibCat search.

The Manono campus search does not include ebooks.

Physical Items

This search is for physical items that are available both in your local UH library (Mookini or P─ülamanui) and also within the larger UH system of libraries.

Some items from other libraries can be requested and sent to the UH library nearest you.

More information about physical items search.

Books and Articles

This search allows you to look for books and articles at the same time, but please note! that it does not search all the article databases the library has access to and has limited search functionality.

Most notably it does not search EBSCO databases like Academic Search Complete, so you should also search the specialized, subject-specific databases the library has access to.

More information about the limitations of the books and articles search.

Articles Only

This search allows you to look for articles, but please note! that it does not search any of the EBSCO article databases like Academic Search Complete and has limited search functionality, so you should also search the specialized, subject-specific databases the library provides for you.

More information about articles only search, including details about the limitations.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves is a special collection of items that instructors want students to access. Sometimes it is a copy of the textbook; other items may be additional readings, DVDs, or even animal skeletons!

Note: The library does not purchase copies of textbooks; items on reserve are chosen by individual instructors.

More information about searching for course reserves.


The LibCat EBSCO Search is a limited way to search the EBSCO databases like Academic Search Complete, GreenFILE, and Teacher Reference Center.

For comprehensive results and better search options, search the EBSCO databases directly through the links on the Research page for your campus. By selecting "Choose Databases" above the search box you can search multiple EBSCO databases at the same time.

EBSCO database showing Choose Databases link above search box

More information about LibCatÔÇÖs EBSCO search.