Naalehu Public Library to close temporarily starting Monday

  • The Naalehu Public Library will be closed from Monday through early October when it reopens in a temporary location in the Naalehu State Office Building, pictured. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The Naalehu Public Library will be closed from Monday through early October when it reopens in a temporary location in the Naalehu State Office Building.

The temporary closure and relocation are necessary to kickoff the long-awaited Naalehu Public Library expansion project. The library will reopen to the public in the temporary location at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.

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The Naalehu Public Library expansion project is a partnership between the Hawaii State Public Library System, the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, and the United States Department of Agriculture which provided grant funding to expand the building. Expected to take a year to complete, the new library will be triple the size of the current library.

“We’re so grateful to finally get this expansion project back on track for the Naalehu community,” said State Librarian Stacey Aldrich. “We’re especially thankful for everyone who helped us set up a temporary library site, particularly the Department of Accounting & General Services staff, for our South Hawaii library patrons.”

During the temporary closure of the library, the book drops will be open. All previously scheduled programs for the closure period are canceled. Naalehu Public Library staff will work on rescheduling new programs once the temporary site is opened.

In addition, fines for books and materials due during the closure period will be waived.

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Upon reopening on Oct. 3, the library will continue the same public service schedule, except on Hawaii County Council Committee and Council meeting days. Except for these meeting dates, the library’s hours will be Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Info: Visit www.librarieshawaii.org/visit/updates/temporary-closures/

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