Frequently Asked Questions for Hamilton Library
Currently assigned textbooks are not part of the collection. And unfortunately, textbooks are not available from other institutions through interlibrary loan. But on occasion, older editions of textbooks and supplemental materials might be listed in Voyager and part of the permanent collection. You might also check to see if the book is an e-book available online, on reserve for a particular class, or available for rent through the Pueo library collection (a student-run organization providing access to thousands of textbooks) www.PueoLibrary.com.
Enter the title, author, or subject of the material you are looking for in the search box “What can we help you find”. You can use either UH Voyager or OneSearch. Voyager is more focused on our book collection.
Using the advanced search option, you can limit or direct your search more specifically by date, language, format, etc.
If you are having difficult navigating Voyager, please reach out to any of the librarians, who can guide you through the search process and assist you in locating relevant materials.
Also, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library publishes over a hundred different subject guides, which provide direction to books, journals, databases and other materials in those particular areas. These research guides are accessible through the research guides section on the UH Mānoa Hamilton Library webpage. In addition, the guides identify the librarian who can provide guidance on that particular topic. You are welcome to contact the librarian to set up a meeting or phone call for consultation in that area.
You may also check the sorting areas on the 2nd and 3rd floors where materials to be reshelved are located before being put back on the shelves and No Room on Shelves (NROS) areas.
Finally, ask a librarian for assistance in locating the material.
If the material cannot be located, other options such as interlibrary loan can be considered.
Newspapers are located to the right of the Reference Desk.
Current issues of these publications are now cataloged and shelved with the rest of the collection by call number specific to their subject content. Use UH Voyager to look up the title of the journal and to get the call numbers for location.
If you want to donate more than 9 items, please contact the appropriate subject selector to make an appointment.
Reference Desk – 808-956-7214
Then, click on e-resources and databases, and then type in “dissertations and theses.” There are two primary links—one link for UH dissertations and theses in particular, and another link for the larger collection.
Dissertations and Theses at University of Hawaii provides access to complete full text of University of Hawaii theses and dissertations from 1996 to present. Use Dissertations & Theses for citations, abstracts, and full text of work from other institutions.
Most UH dissertations and theses are also listed in the Voyager catalog. Hard copies of UHM dissertations and theses may be available through the Hawai‘i-Pacific collection on the 5th floor Hamilton.
This collection includes bibliographic citations for the doctoral and selected master’s work of authors from more than 1,000 graduate schools and universities dating back to 1861. More than 750,000 dissertations and theses from 1997 on have been digitized and are available for PDF download. Print copies of additional dissertations and theses not yet digitized are available for purchase. Citations for dissertations from 1980 forward include abstracts.
Please reach out to a librarian if you are not locating a specific document or you require other assistance.
Reserves are course-related materials that UH Mānoa faculty have placed in the library for their students to use, which can include books, textbooks, videos, articles, notes, exams, DVDs, or CDs, and electronic and streaming resources. The items can be checked out for a limited amount of time so that all students are given the chance to access the materials. All items are taken off reserve at the end of the semester.
Almost all materials are available on open shelves to consult. Some materials are kept in protective storage and may not be available to all library users, or may be available only for a fee to persons not affiliated with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (such as audiovisual media). Electronic resources and databases also have licensing agreements that may restrict usage by particular campus license.
A Community Borrowing Card provides selected library privileges and can be purchased by individuals 18 years or older. Please visit the Hamilton Library Business Offices or call our office at (808) 956-7203 during service hours for more information.
You may also want to consider going to one of the public libraries, which offer the public greater access to the internet.
Cash printing is also available at the printer located near the reference section on the ground floor of the main building.
Color printing is available in the Government Documents/Maps department, as well as on the first floor of Hamilton near BHSD. Color printing is 75¢ per page. Cash printer will accept the following denominations: 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1.00, and $5.00. The printers provide change.
Information Technology Services maintains a computer lab (CLIC) on the first floor of Hamilton Library. The computers have Microsoft Office software and Internet access. Printing is available with a UH Mānoa OneCard or Guest Card. Login with a UH username and password is required.
There is one color copier ($.75 a copy) next to the Sunny Alcove on the first floor.
The public photocopiers in Hamilton library are intended for personal use only. The copy quality of the photocopiers is not designed or intended to be “of professional quality”. Paper and supplies for the photocopiers are maintained by Circulation department. Please contact Circulation for minor problems (paper jams, out of toner indicators) with any photocopier. Copiers accept coins ($.05 or greater) or bills (up to $5.00). Change is in coin only.
Two KIC scanners are located next to the Sunny Alcove Study Area on the first floor, and one is available in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collection on the 5th floor. KIC Manual (not all features may be available)
You can pass between Hamilton and the addition via hallways on the first and second floors.
In case of fire or other emergencies, please take the open stairways accessible on every floor.
- Books from Other UH Campus Libraries, such as UH Hilo and the community colleges To request book loans from other UH System libraries, use the Voyager “Get This Item” request form for Hold or transfer this item.
- Articles/Chapters from Other UH Campus Libraries To request copies of journal articles and book chapters for items available from other UH System libraries, use the Voyager “Get This Item” request form for Request Article: send to UH Mānoa.
- Items NOT available from UHM nor Campus Libraries To request materials (loans, articles, etc.) for items that are NOT available in the UH Library System, including UH Mānoa Libraries, use the ILL Request Login for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services. Most items can be obtained this way and there is no charge for this service.
An easy way to find scholarly articles is to go to the main page of the UH Mānoa Hamilton Library webpage. Under the “Databases” selection enter “Academic Search Complete”. Do a search for your topic and then check the box limit to scholarly, academic or “peer-reviewed” articles. Other databases have similar ways to focus the search on peer-reviewed resources.
If there is a particular article you would like to use, but you still are not sure if it is scholarly, you can also consult Ulrich’s Directory of Periodicals, a reference source that provides information about journals and magazines, and which will definitively note those titles which are peer-reviewed. For more help locating full text for articles, please consult with a librarian.
Also, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library publishes over a hundred different subject guides, which provide direction to books, journals, databases and other materials in those particular areas. These research guides are accessible through the research guides selection on the UH Mānoa Hamilton Library webpage. In addition, these guides identify the librarian who can provide guidance on that particular topic. You are welcome to contact the librarian to set up a meeting or phone call for consultation in that area.