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Sinclair Library: Wong Audiovisual Center

About the Center

desks at Wong Audiovisual Center


Wong Audiovisual Center (AVC) is located on the third floor of Sinclair Library, serves University of Hawai'i at Mānoa students, faculty and staff, other University of Hawai'i colleges, visiting scholars, and visitors from the community. It contains video and audio media including a large number of feature films in English and other languages. Course Reserves are also housed here. 


Dedicated on January 23, 1987, the Harry C. & Nee-Chang Wong AVC was made possible through a generous gift from the Harry C. & Nee-Chang Wong Foundation. The continued generosity of the Wong Foundation has made it possible for Wong AVC to keep up with technological developments in the area of media and to provide resources and equipment for student, faculty, and staff use.


The Wong AVC's strengths include:

  • One of the best moving images collections on Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands.
  • Pays special attention to acquiring, reformatting and preserving materials.
  • Regularly tapes off-air and preserves most locally produced programs on Hawai'i.
  • Other outstanding collections include those on Asian Americans, Asia, Art, Architecture and the Performing Arts.
  • The Wong AVC staff endeavors to provide an excellent level of service to honor our continuing relationship with the Wong Family.


UH Manoa Library Borrowing Policies

Questions about borrowing policies, fines, renewals, please contact

Borrowing materials

Holds on DVDs and other media:
Most media can have holds placed on it through the Hawaii Voyager catalog

Loans: Most audiovisual media may be borrowed by University of Hawaii system with a UH ID for 7 days. See information on loans for Community users.

Borrowing Limits: There are limits on the number of MEDIA items (CD, DVD, Videotape, etc.) that a patron may check out at one time. 

  • Undergraduates (Manoa campus) --Limited to 10 media items
  • Graduate students (Manoa campus) -- Limited to 20 media items
  • Faculty (Manoa campus) -- Unlimited
  • Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from other campuses (non-Manoa) -- Limited to 5 media items
  • Community Users and Associate Users -- Limited to 1 item (in-library use only). See Community Borrower policy.
  • GWLA and OCLC: Information for GWLA and OCLC members

Renewing materials

Materials may be renewed at a UH Library circulation counter or on-line via Hawaii Voyager. Media may be renewed from the due date for 7 additional days unless the item is reserved or booked for a class. Exceptions are reference titles, items that are reference in nature, and items that are restricted by copyright. Renewals will not be accepted via telephone, fax or e-mail.

Returning materials

Materials can be returned to any UH System library. When the library is closed, materials should be returned to the media/book drops located next to the front doors of Sinclair Library.


"The mission of Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage is to navigate toward a healthy and sustainable future for ourselves, our home – the Hawaiian Islands – and our Island Earth through voyaging and new ways of learning. Our core message is to mālama (care for) Island Earth – our natural environment, children and all humankind. In early May 2014, the two wa‘a kaulua will sail toTahiti, the first international leg of the Worldwide Voyage."  

Hōkūle‘a. Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage (WWV) Mission. Web. 27 Dec. 2013



Overdue Fines:

To facilitate the prompt return of library materials, fines are assessed at the following rates:

  • $.25 per day, per item​
  • $.50 per day, per item for special permission loans and loans from special collections​
  • Media Fines: $1.00 per day, per item​
  • Recall Fines: $.50 per day, per item​
  • Reserve Fines: $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof
  • Reserve items must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed by the date and time indicated

Also, fines for overdue items are assessed every day (hourly for Reserve Book Room items) including weekends and holidays.

Lost Items:

An item will be deemed lost when the fine reaches $10.00 (10 days after the due date for items at $1.00 per day; 20 days after the due date for items at $.50 per day; 40 days after the due date for items at $.25 per day). Lost charges include the replacement cost of the item, a $10 NON-REFUNDABLE processing fee, in addition to accumulated overdue fines. Borrowing privileges will cease if financial obligations owed to the library total $10 or more.