Library FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I search for books?

Search HPU Discovery. HPU Discovery contains our print books, media, most of our e-books, and many journal articles. You may even search the collections of other libraries.

How do I search for articles?

While many articles may be found in HPU Discovery, the most complete access is through our Databases. Please see a librarian if you need help selecting the most appropriate databases to search for your topic.

How can I tell which journals and newspapers the library has access to?

If you know the journal you are looking for, you may check our Periodicals List.

Does the library have the required textbooks for my class?

Generally, no. We may occasionally happen to have a required textbook in our collection, but this is not common. Instructors may sometimes place a copy of a required or optional reading on reserve at one of the Access Services desks.

How do I find out which textbooks are required for my class, and where can I get them?

Check the HPU Bookstore.

What are my options if the libraries do not have the book or article I need?

You may wish to request the item via interlibrary loan.


Can I have books transferred from Meader to pick up at Atherton?

Yes, you may have circulating books transferred between Libraries. Please contact Access Services for assistance: 808-544-0210 or


Do I need to return books to the library from which they were checked out?

No, you may return your HPU library books to either location (Atherton or Waterfront).


How many books can I check out?

You may check out 10 books per day.


How long is the borrowing period?

Most books may be borrowed for 56 days, with 2 renewals. All items must be returned by the end of the semester. Please see our Circulating Materials Policy for details.

Do you have computers and printers at the libraries?

Yes, computers (both Windows and Mac) and printers (with both black & white and color printing capabilities) are available for the use of current HPU students, faculty and staff at all locations. Your student account is pre-loaded with 1800 print credits each semester (one single-sided black & white copy costs 5 print credits).

How do I print?

PaperCut is the University's print management service.  You may print directly from VDIs, via Web Print, or via Email-to-Print.  For details, please see the PaperCut Printing knowledge base.

If you require assistance, please contact Information Technology Services at or (808) 566-2411.

Do you have a scanner?

Yes, all locations have printers that have scanning functions. Scanning is free (bring your own flash drive).

How do I log in to the library's computers?

Log in with your HPU network account credentials. Please check with IT or library staff if you need help setting up your HPU network account.

Whom may I contact for computer and technology issues?

Please contact Information Technology Services at or (808) 566-2411.

How do I access electronic resources from off campus?

Most of our electronic resources are accessible from off-campus via a proxy service. You will be prompted to enter your MyHPU username and password first. For more information, visit the Database Help page.

What if I have a problem with a database or other electronic resource?

You may check the News & Alerts page to see if there is a known issue. If not, please contact Library Staff via phone (808-544-1133), email ( or live chat.

Are alumni allowed to use the databases and other electronic resources?

No, our licensing agreements restrict access to current HPU students, faculty and staff only. We suggest that you contact your local public library.

Are food and drink allowed in the libraries?

Covered drinks are allowed in the library.  Dry snacks (NOT meals) are allowed in areas that do not have computers.

Do you accept book or periodical donations?

Yes, but please refer to these guidelines.

Can I get one-on-one help from a librarian?

Yes! Stop by any Reference Desk during business hours, or contact us via phone (808-544-1133), email ( or live chat to schedule a consultation.

Does the library have study rooms for students?

Study rooms and cubicles are available at all HPU Libraries locations. Study rooms at Atherton Library are for individual use, while those at the Learning Commons and Meader Library are primarily for groups. Visit this page for more details, or to book a study room.

I need to take proctored tests. Does the library provide this service?

HPU Libraries do not offer test-proctoring services; please contact the Center for Academic Success (CAS).

What are the library's hours during finals?

Please visit the Library Hours page for current library hours.

Can anyone help me if the library is closed?

You may click on the Chat with a Librarian button available via BlackBoard or our website. Reference help is available 24/7. Circulation issues (e.g., checkouts or library accounts) will be forwarded to Access Services staff to be addressed when the library re-opens.


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Linking to existing Research Guides allows instructors to embed subject and/or course-specific information into Blackboard. For example, if you are teaching a biology course, you may want to link to the Biology (BIOL) Guide as a general resource. There are also course-specific guides, linking to the guide provides direct access to specific resources and assistance related to coursework. For example, BIOL 4940: Biology Seminar, NUR 6020: Advanced Nursing Research, CLST 1000, etc.

You are also able to link to Subject Specialists and Subject Homepages (see below).