Proof of vaccine, negative test now required to enter public libraries

HONOLULU — Effective today, Monday, Sept. 13, all public libraries and offices for the Hawai‘i State Public Library System will implement and enforce proof-of-vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours to enter.

All visitors 12 years and older to public libraries and support offices must provide the following before entering a facility:

• Proof of full vaccination (digital or hard copy of vaccination card) or, if not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result issued within the last 72 hours;

• Valid photo identification.

Visitors 5 years old and older must also wear a suitable mask covering their nose, mouth and chin at all times while in the library, practice hand hygiene, and are reminded to physically distance themselves from others.

Visitors unable to enter will be provided assistance by staff at the door. Staff will make every effort to answer questions, assist with photo-copying, pull requested items and provide checkout and account services.

The HSPLS thanks patrons for their patience and support as staff navigates the on-going changes in guidance and requirements from local, state and federal authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSPLS digital doors are always open at With just a library card patrons can download ebooks, stream movies, learn a language, read The New York Times and more.

  1. Freedom for Kauai September 13, 2021 5:27 am Reply

    You have to be fully vaccinated but you still have to wear a mask and social distance? What’s the point of being vaccinated then? This doesn’t make any sense

    1. Jill Friedman September 14, 2021 6:51 pm Reply

      The point of being vaccinated is to greatly reduce the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19 and to effectively end the pandemic. Until such time as enough people are vaccinated and cases sufficiently decrease we have to continue with the additional layers of protection like masking and social distancing. Vaccination and masking only work if everyone or nearly everyone does it. Currently, we’re on tier 5 which requires indoor masking. The plan is to implement tier 6 and end masking and other restrictions when 70% are fully vaccinated.

  2. Welp September 13, 2021 7:02 am Reply

    Yep, well… this is troubling. Restriction on information. As if the library wasn’t doing poorly already. Implementation of this is ridiculous. Where is the science to back this mandate up? Oh right they’re just making it up as we go.

    1. History repeats September 14, 2021 1:18 pm Reply

      So we can sit at tables to eat and drink next to each other and magically not get covid yet we can’t be in the same building to read books with masks on because we are making personal health chose to not get the jab?? Ok makes total sence

  3. this is wrong... September 13, 2021 8:30 am Reply

    This is a flat-out over reaction and simultaneously manipulative and punitive. If you are wearing a mask and keep your distance, which has proven to be a main driver of decreasing contagion, why the ‘punishment’ other than need to assert control. It’s a form of social engineering that in the long run creates more division in the social order. I have never voted Republican in my 72 years, but if some appear on the scene with even a hint of moderate viewpoints I’ll certainly give them a second look.

  4. therealhawaiian September 13, 2021 9:54 am Reply

    May God grant that this horrible Government over reach of Power is found to be UNCONSTITUTIONAL by the Supreme Court!

  5. KauaiRon September 13, 2021 11:26 am Reply

    I Totally agree!!
    Where is the science to back this mandate up?
    Another business bites the dust.

  6. Katia September 13, 2021 3:53 pm Reply

    Horrible !! The absurdity is through the roof

  7. We The People September 13, 2021 5:43 pm Reply

    Absolutely despicable.

    As Josh Green said, the passports are not meant to stop the spread of infection, they are to incentivize the “anti-vaxers” to get their vaccine passports.

    Blatant medical tyranny and segregation in 2021.

    This won’t end well.

  8. Nuff already September 13, 2021 5:56 pm Reply

    Like our kids haven’t suffered enough, now the parents who don’t participate in the experimental injections now can’t get enter a library with their keiki? This is ludicrous!

    This is tyranny in every sense of the word. Do we require vax passports for the flu? Way deadlier than covid for kids. Why only Covid passport?

    Let me give you a hint, which I’m sure more than half of our population has already figured out….

    Covid= ……………………..COMMUNISM

    At what point do they take away your kids if you’re not up to date on all your boosters???
    Pay attention people. History repeats itself. If it can happen with a yellow star it can happen with a vax passport.

  9. Chris Johnston September 14, 2021 5:52 am Reply

    Discrimination based on vaccination. This is no longer about health, the politicians are trying to divide us.

  10. Mark Gomez September 14, 2021 7:28 am Reply

    TGI actively sensors comments that go against the main stream narrative . Shame on you guys

  11. Rev Dr Malama September 14, 2021 7:40 am Reply

    Mahalo KE AKUA for the people who are maintaining the PUBLIC library integrity and providing a safe place to go as the rest of Kauai public places are being overtaken by anti vax people who are growing more and more angry and dangerous.
    May they form their own library and places to gather and leave the majority of us alone!

    1. Erik September 14, 2021 9:40 am Reply

      Who are the most vaccine hesitant group on Earth? PhD’s! Why ? They know it’s not about science, it’s about control. They know how to do independent research and interpret the data.
      BTW those smart enough to not inject themselves with deadly spike proteins pay taxes that fund the library just like everyone else.

    2. Natural September 14, 2021 2:33 pm Reply

      Can we split the public library funds for this unscientific segregation you desire? We pay taxes too.
      Please go to the CDC website and learn about natural immunity from Covid, they updated it today.
      Prejudice is not very godly.

    3. Natural September 15, 2021 11:21 am Reply

      Don’t we all pay taxes, well, those of us that work do, not the same for churches and welfare recipients. How about we split the budget for libraries and open one for tax payers? Then you can have your own safe space to practice your discrimination and we can have the doors open for everyone.
      Not very godly to want segregation and to punish those that have natural immunity.
      I suggest you rethink your prejudice and read that book again.

  12. judi September 14, 2021 3:30 pm Reply

    The libraries have been inaccessible since this began Immediately all libraries were closed and this is when there was no in person schooling I had suggested that libraries open immediately to serve all our residents who so needed this for keiki The proposal to open for a small group each hour; for the 45 minutes in person was finally instituted I am sure the librarians on staff in libraries closed to the public were not happy with not much to do during this time And now again, the most ridiculous rule with no warning and it does not make sense There are ways to keep the libraries safe… we already did this. Please let’s get the libraries back open with masking … and eliminate the new requirements of vaccine or test

  13. Federalist101 September 14, 2021 4:01 pm Reply

    Well, that should minimize the number of customers at the publicly financed library. Local government always trying to figure out new and different ways to increase their customer base. Soon….no customers but plenty of employees. Do they supply vaccine passports to those who have been infected, recovery and now have the best antibodies??

  14. raphael o'suna September 16, 2021 10:49 am Reply

    Perhaps I should withhold all or a portion of my State taxes. Or should I send my check wrapped in an hermetically sealed plastic envelope?

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