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Mookini Library

About the Library

Mookini Library is shared by Hawaiʻi Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The Edwin H. Mookini Library, completed in 1981, is located in the center of the Main Campus. The Edwin H. Mookini Library serves the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) and Hawaiʻi Community College (Hawai'i CC). Its primary mission is to support the academic programs of both institutions, under the supervision of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo University Librarian/Director.

Students have access to over 230,000 bound volume and periodicals in print, over 80,000 e-books, and over 35,000 full-text electronic current periodicals from Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland, Asia, and Europe. Reading students can also search the Web to select titles from the library's READ Collection. Special formats collected include DVDs, compact disks, and microforms. In addition, the library is a partial depository for both United States and Hawaiʻi State documents. The Hawaiian Collection houses the library’s extensive Hawaiiana holdings. To ensure student proficiency in the use of these collections, the staff offers a comprehensive program of library instruction using a networked electronic library classroom.

The Edwin H. Mookini Library provides other services and facilities that further the academic mission of the College. Students may utilize the audiovisual area with playback equipment.

Students may also confer in the library’s group study rooms located throughout the building. PCs located on all three floors provide access to web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, and web page design software to support coursework.

Computer technology is increasingly used to meet the information needs of the College and facilitate access to library services for distance learners. The library’s catalog is available through LibCat, a Web-based library management system.

The library offers reference services enhanced with subscriptions to full-text periodical databases and interlibrary loan services to assist students and faculty in obtaining research materials from off-campus sources.

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