Supreme Court Law Library Entry Guidelines

In accordance with State and County efforts to ensure safety for all residents and visitors to Hawaii in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Supreme Court Law Library patrons 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results issued within the last 72 hours to enter the library.

Before entering Aliʻiolani Hale, visitors will need to show 2 documents:

  1. 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; and
  2. Valid photo identification.

Visitors must continue to abide by the Supreme Court Law Library in-person appointment guidelines that include wearing face coverings, hand sanitation, and social distancing policies.

If a member of the public is unable to enter due to these policies, the Supreme Court Law Library provides alternative avenues for access to its resources and collections. In lieu of in-person assistance at the Reference Desk, patrons can utilize the Virtual Reference Desk webpage, LiveChat service, phone reference, and email reference. LiveChat and phone reference can both provide real-time assistance that is very similar to what a patron would experience when visiting the library in-person.

The library also offers free online remote access to the LexisNexis eBook Digital Library. Patrons provide an email address and library staff will register them for access. Individuals are then able to research various legal treatises from any internet access point. For public patrons wanting to conduct general legal research, case law research or access self-help services, there are various free online resources that the library staff can recommend.

We appreciate the public working with us in such a challenging time to ensure the health and safety of all.

We invite any questions or further suggestions regarding access to the library and access to justice issues, that include ensuring public safety protocols in light of the pandemic, by contacting the Supreme Court Law Library at:  lawlibrary@courts.hawaii.gov

Effective 10/06/2021