Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i exists to promote and support the fifty public libraries that make up the Hawai‘i State Public Library System. Since 1879, Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i has worked to increase the facilities and the extension of services of free public libraries in Hawai‘i. Today, Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization approved by Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and continues the work of its illustrious founding members and supporters, who included prominent business leaders and Hawaiian royalty.
Our primary objectives are: To maintain free public libraries in the State of Hawai‘i, To promote extension of library services throughout the State of Hawai‘i, and To increase the facilities of the public library system of Hawai‘i by securing materials beyond the command of the ordinary library budget. Other objectives are To focus attention on libraries and To encourage and accept, by bequest or gift, donations of books, manuscripts, money, and other appropriate material that can enrich the cultural opportunities available to the people of Hawai‘i.