Hamilton Library (Hawaii)

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Access and use
Population served 65,000 students (University of Hawaii)
Other information
Budget $14,699,735
Director Irene Herold, University Librarian
Staff 256
Website http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/

The Hamilton Library is the largest research library in the state of Hawaii.

It was designed by George Hogan who designed numerous houses on the island including Plantation Estate which is used by Barack Obama as his Winter White House.[1]


Hamilton Library is located at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the largest campus in the University of Hawaii System at 2550 McCarthy Mall 21°18′2″N 157°48′58″W / 21.30056°N 157.81611°W / 21.30056; -157.81611Coordinates: 21°18′2″N 157°48′58″W / 21.30056°N 157.81611°W / 21.30056; -157.81611. It is composed of a circulating research library combined with a non-lending research library system. The Library serves as a resource for both the Mānoa campus and for all other UH system campuses.

As of June 2006, the Library has a full-time equivalent of 70 library faculty and other professional staff, 89 support staff, and 44 student assistants. The collections contain 3,277,155 volumes, 2,315,258 microform units, 4,748 computer files, 5,933 feet (1,808 m) of manuscripts and archives, 63,942 audiovisual items, 15,752 maps and aerial photographs, and approximately 25,000 current serial/journal titles received in paper and/or electronic format. Total expenditures from all sources of funds were $15,686,380 in 2005-2006 (materials, operations, supplies, and personnel). The Library operates by using the Ex Libris Voyager library system.

Collections are housed in three on-campus and one off-campus buildings: Hamilton Library, Sinclair Library, Jefferson Hall on campus, and Dole Cannery in downtown Honolulu. Hamilton Library, with a total of 304,265 square feet (28,267.1 m2) of space, houses the research collections in the humanities, social sciences, science, and technology, the area focus collections for Asia, Hawaii, and the Pacific; archives, manuscripts, and other special collections. The 95,000-square-foot (8,800 m2) Sinclair Library is home to the music collection, course reserve reading service, Wong Audiovisual Center, and older, bound journals. Both Hamilton and Sinclair contain a student computer lab and provide reference and other services.

During 2005-2006, the library faculty and staff assisted in 72,239 reference transactions, 503,403 circulation transactions including reserves, and 22,018 interlibrary loan transactions. Through their instructional activities, the Library faculty support the Mānoa General Education and other campus requirements for student information literacy. During 2005-2006, the Library faculty guest lectured in 211 undergraduate and graduate classes involving 3,523 students. In addition, Library faculty taught courses in the Library and Information Science Program of the Information and Computer Science Department and in several other departments and programs.

The UH Manoa Library maintains memberships in academic and professional consortia and organizations including the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Research Libraries Group, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the 114 North American university research library members of ARL, UH Manoa Library is ranked 79th in strength based on factors such as collection size, current serial subscriptions, staffing, and budget.


eVols is a digital repository for the Hamilton Library, which stores and maintains information in digital format. It provides a home for material which the library digitizes as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives, and provides access via a permanent web location.[2] eVols stores digitized rare books, archived newspapers, full-text journals, photographs, video, and sound files.

A digital repository, or digital library, is a collection of digital files accessible electronically and differs from microform or print.

The library receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance.


ScholarSpace is an institutional repository for the digital scholarly output for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) community. Contributors include researchers, faculty, and students who maintain copyright to their submissions and can control access to their collections. ScholarSpace is an attempt to make the university a participant in the Open access (publishing) community. The digital repository serves to capture, index, store, makes searchable, disseminate, and preserve digital materials which include scholarly communications, theses and dissertations, technical reports, teaching materials, images, multimedia clips, interactive teaching programs, data sets, and databases. The database is maintained and coordinated by Desktop Network Services of the UHM Library. The project focuses on developing a system to support the storage and use of digital materials for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty learning and other purposes.

System & Organization[edit]

ScholarSpace uses the open-source software, DSpace, that provides a permanent and stable storage. DSpace was developed by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard Company.

ScholarSpace is organized primarily into Communities, Sub-communities, and Collections. Communities are groups that present content to the database and may include departments, labs, research centers, schools, or another unit within an institution. Communities may be further separated into Sub-communities. Collections are housed within these Communities and/or Sub-communities and contain the actual content which includes individual audio, visual (photographs & illustrations), and textual files (articles, papers, notes, dissertations, theses, etc.), as well as web pages, videos, computer programs.[3]


ScholarSpace covers a range of disciplines such as Asian Studies, Linguistics, Anthropology, Urban and Regional Planning, Ethnobotany, etc.

Publications include:


  • Caroline (Carrie) P. Green 1907 to 1908 - Acting Librarian 1908 to 1912
  • Elizabeth Bryan 1913 to 1919
  • Clara Hemenway 1919 to 1928
  • Mary Pringle 1926 to 1928 - Acting Librarian
  • Mary Pringle 1928 to 1943
  • Carl G. Stroven 1943 to 1966
  • Ralph R. Shaw (Appointed as Dean of Library Activities) 1966 to 1969
  • Stanley West 1969 to 1977
  • Donald L. Bosseau 1977 to 1982
  • Robert Stevens April to August 1982 - Acting Librarian
  • Ira Harris August to December 1982 - Acting Librarian
  • John R. Haak 1983 to 2000
  • Jean H. Ehrhorn, Interim University Librarian July 2000 to December 2001
  • Diane Perushek 2001 to 2006,
  • Paula Mochida, Interim University Librarian, January 2006 to December 2011
  • Gregg Geary, Interim University Librarian, January 2012 to July 2013
  • Irene Herold, University Librarian, August 2013 to Present


  1. ^ http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2009/May/30/ln/hawaii905300331.html
  2. ^ [1]. eVols at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Accessed November 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Overview of ScholarSpace. Accessed January 2, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

Adamson, James Paul; Systems Office, IT Department History. (2005)