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Guide to the Law Library at UH Manoa : Basics

A guide to the UH Manoa Law Library.

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Law Library History

About The Library

In January 1983, the Tenth Anniversary of the Law School was marked by the official opening of the Law Library. The celebration was marked by a performance by the Law Student Hula Halau, the presentation of a traditional Hawaiian wooden bowl to Justice Brennan (then Senior Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court) and the offering of a traditional Hawaiian blessing. A luau followed a speech by Justice Brennan.

The library is a one-story building with skylights in the middle and windows overlooking the main street across which is the main upper campus. A carpet of grass and leafy plants and trees separate the building from the street. A shady courtyard leads to the spacious library entrance / foyer from which Diamond Head is clearly visible.

The library has several interesting paintings. One is actually a mural in three parts. The artist is Frank M. Moore, the first director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It was painted in 1919 for a wealthy patron who owned the Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street.

The seventy foot mural was split into three segments to wrap around the walls of the hotel's restaurant. The mural was later given to the Law School. The second is of Diamond Head and the third shows O'ahu's south shore at night. Another impressive painting is also a mural entitled Hawaiians at a Luau by Mataumu Toelupe Alisa, ca. 1977.

The library is located on Dole Street. Visitors may park at the parking garage located below the library at a flat rate.

The Law Library is open to all students, faculty and the general public. In January 2001, the Library migrated to the Endeavor library automation software (Voyager) for online public access catalog, circulation services, acquisitions and serials receiving functions. 


Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Law Library is to support the research, publication, educational and service endeavors of the faculty, student and staff of the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i. The Law Library pursues this mission by acquiring, organizing, making accessible, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information in all available formats, by providing the best possible service, support and instructional programs, and by creating a physical environment conducive to user needs.

In addition to its primary mission, the Law Library serves as a key information resource center for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa community, the statewide University of Hawai'i system, other libraries throughout the state and region, and to the bench, bar and citizenry of the State of Hawai'i.

Returning Library Materials

Return of Library Materials

A book drop is located near the Library main entrance. A basket is also provided in the Faculty Lounge for faculty to return library books. Library staff checks the basket every day. Library materials borrowed from any UHS library may be returned to the Law Library, except for reserve and audiovisual items which must be returned to the owning library. For example, audiovisual items borrowed from Sinclair Library must be returned to Sinclair Library to ensure that they are checked in promptly.

Reshelving (Don't)

Please do not re-shelve library materials you have used but have not checked out.  Materials should be placed on the re-shelving carts.