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PACS 401: Pacific Islands Studies Capstone: Pacific Collection & Librarians

A library research guide for the Spring 2014 Pacs 401 course

Photos of the Pacific Collection

Mask from the Pacific

Pamphlets and business cards available at the reference desk

Model canoe from Satawal

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Reading Room

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Reading Room


The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections, located on the fifth floor of Hamilton Library, are among the world's most comprehensive collections of material on Hawaiʻi and the island nations of the Pacific. Both collections have comprehensive acquisitions policies, meaning that they collect in all subject areas, in all formats (print, audio-visual, photographic, etc.), all languages and from all eras, starting with the earliest printed material produced in, or about, Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands and continuing through the present day.

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are "closed shelf" collections, meaning that you cannot wander through the stacks and pull books off the shelf as you see them. Instead, you need to search for them within the Voyager online catalog and request them using "Get This Item." (For instructions on requesting books, click here). Once items have been requested they will be available for pick-up at our fifth floor circulation counter in roughly 10 minutes.

Our hours are different from the rest of the library (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday). Some of our materials can only be used in the library. It's therefore important to budget your time wisely when working on projects. Whenever possible, try to do your Voyager searches and requests before you come to the library, so that your materials will be waiting for you when you arrive. Find out which materials can only be used in the library -- you might want to photocopy or scan portions of these texts to take with you. (The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections have two photocopy machines and one scanner in the reading room.)