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Library Facts and Figures: Facilities

Look here for statistics about library collections, personnel, expenditures, etc.

Construction History

Sinclair Library was completed in 1956. Architect: Lemmon, Freeth & Haines

Phase I of Hamilton Library (south side) was completed in 1968. Architect: A. Quincy Jones & Frederick E. Emmons, Los Angeles, and Hogan & Chapman, Honolulu

Phase II of Hamilton Library (north side) was completed in 1976. Architect: Hogan, Chapman, Cobeen, Weitz, Desai, Inc. General contractor: Hawaiian Dredging & Construction

Phase III (Hamilton Addition) of Hamilton Library was completed in 2001. Architect: Matsushita, Saito and Associates. General contractor: Albert C. Kobayashi Inc.

Compiled from various published sources and Hamilton Library building manager.

Seating Space

Hamilton Library

  • 688 seats
    •  361 seats at study carrels
    • 174 seats at tables
    • 153 seats in other seating arrangements
  • 11 group study rooms with seating for 72 persons
  • 2 presentation practice rooms
  • 34 research carrels for graduate students

Source: Hamilton Library building manager


Sinclair Library

  • 761 seats
    • 208 seats at study carrels
    • 401 seats at tables
    • 152 seats in other seating arrangements
  • 2 group study rooms with seating for 30 persons

Source: Sinclair Library circulation manager

Building Floor Space

Hamilton Library

Main (Phase I/II): 288,438 sf

Addition: 120,880 sf

Hamilton Library total: 411,279 sf

Total area is about 9 acres


The Football Field

Q: Which floors of Hamilton Library are as big as football fields?

A: A regular football field measures 360 feet by 160 feet.  The Hamilton Library floor that is closest to the size of a football field is the 2nd Floor of Phase I/II.  It is 353 feet, 10 inches long and 179 feet, 10 inches wide.  The 1st Floor of Phase I/II measures 334 feet, 8 inches long and 160 feet, 8 inches wide.

Source: Hamilton Library building manager


Sinclair Library

Sinclair Library total: 117,000 sf (includes Office of Research Services)

Library portion of Sinclair Library: 82,479 sf (includes Honors Program, Learning Assistance Center, Outreach College, First Year programs)

Library-occupied space: 45,403 sf

Source: Joyce Watson files; Sinclair Library space planning files