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Contact Name: 
Stacey Aldrich
Contact Title: 
State Librarian
State Library Address: 
Hawaii State Public Library System
44 Merchant Street
96813-4311 Honolulu , HI
+1 808 586 3704
+1 808 586 3715
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The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Stacey Aldrich

“The Hawaii State Public Libraries are powerful spaces that enhance the life of the mind in each of our communities. We support self-sufficiency and the success of each person who walks through the physical or virtual doors. The health of our communities is enhanced when we have strong libraries that provide opportunities for learning 21st Century skills and literacies, connecting people to the world of information and ideas, and creating spaces for community engagement.”

-- Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System

Project Examples

Ensuring Access to Library Resources
The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS), made up of 50 branches on six of the eight major islands, is dedicated to ensuring that state residents have equitable access to information. For HSPLS, a robust technological infrastructure includes Internet connectivity, public access computers, management of the physical collection through an integrated library system, and tools to manage connectivity, collections, and communication. During the grant period, usage of Internet, public computers, and laptops in all 50 branches increased, and staff worked with outside consultants to plan and redesign the HSPLS website. In addition to maintaining day-to-day operations, staff also managed a server migration and deployed new software and hardware.
IMLS Funds: $597,789

Continuing Education for Staff
To address the need for training 500 staff spread over six islands, Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) used grant funds to purchase software to conduct webinars and online meetings. Staff training is a critical component for library services. It ensures consistency among all branches and helps staff acquire the technology skills to aid patrons. After an initial training period, HSPLS offered a first set of webinars on eBooks software. This was followed by sessions on summer reading programs targeted to librarians serving adults, children, or young adults. The webinars are significantly more cost-effective and scalable.  Face-to-face training normally involves air travel, land transportation, and per diem costs, as well as time lost in transit. 
IMLS Funds: $2,538

Access to Informational Resources
In Hawaii’s dispersed network of branches, online resources are the most effective way for Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) to provide all residents with equitable access to information. Grant funds supported access to online databases that met patrons’ needs for information. HSPLS renewed subscriptions for content ranging from auto repair to genealogy to legal forms. Some subscriptions provided infrastructure for library functions, such as cataloging and resource sharing services. Among other content, HSPLS also provided eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Total circulations for these materials grew to more than 635K, compared to nearly 476K the year prior.
IMLS Funds: $417,615

Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

View the IMLS funding by state report - Hawaii (PDF) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Robust Infrastructure

  • Projects include:
    • Technology infrastructure
    • Hardware, software, and professional automation services

Goal 2: 24/7 Virtual Collections

  • Projects include:
    • Online databases and eBooks
    • Training opportunities to support the use of databases

Goal 3: Lifelong Learning

  • Projects include:
    • Online learning tools and resources
    • Training opportunities to support the tools and resources

Goal 4: Innovative Service Development

  • Projects include:
    • Improved services and programs

Goal 5: Educated Library Workforce

  • Projects include:
    • Development of staff competencies
    • Development of training infrastructure
    • Support for leadership development opportunities

IMLS Data Collection

State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Libraries Survey
The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Explore state profiles representing more than 9,000 public library systems and over 17,000 public library outlets.

Content last reviewed on
January 23, 2019