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 library’s shelves, as well as links directly to ebooks.

Video overview of LibCat (Part 1)

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, ʻukeleles, 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 library’s home page and choose your campus through the Research link at the top of the page: Mookini Library serves UH Hilo and both Hawaiʻi Community College campuses: East Hawaiʻi (Manono) and West Hawaiʻi (Pālamanui). Why this is important...

LibCat Searches

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

UH Hilo LibCat homepage

LibCat (Default) Search

The default LibCat search looks for print books, ebooks, CDs, and DVDs that are in the Mookini Library (or Pālamanui Library for West Hawaiʻi patrons). The Manono campus search does not include ebooks.

This search is for materials in the library building or online that you can access right away, provided they aren’t already checked out. More information about LibCat search.

Physical Items

This search is for physical items that are available both in your local UH library (Mookini or Pālamanui) 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.

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.