Queen Emma, Honolulu Library and Reading Room, and the Hawaiian Historical Society, 1886 / 2014.

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The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma to the Honolulu Library and Reading Room Association has been all catalogued, and is now upon exhibition at the library building on Hotel street, where the public are invited to inspect it for the remainder of this week, after which the books will be placed upon the shelves for circulation. The library donated by Queen Emma is about 500 volumes of general history, voyages, travels, etc. This will bring the total number of books in the library up to about 4,700 volumes.

[Queen Emma’s books eventually found their way to the Hawaiian Historical Society, where they are cared for today!]

(Daily Honolulu Press, 1/12/1886, p. 3)

The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma...

The Daily Honolulu Press, Volume I, Number 113, Page 3. January 12, 1886.

The beginnings of the Honolulu Library and Reading Room, 1879.

Library and Reading Room.

We are pleased to see that this institution which is designed to meet a real need in this community, is exhibiting a very commendable degree of enterprise in the line of its appointed work. At the last business meeting, a new Constitution and By Laws were adopted, of the most liberal and practical character. The membership is now open to all respectable persons of sixteen years old and upwards without qualification of race, creed, or any distinction whatever either natural or artificial. The rooms are open every week day from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m., and on Sundays, from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. Books from the library may be drawn out and returned every day and evening except Sundays. By the last arrival from San Francisco an invoice of books was received embracing a number of the latest works of the most popular authors. These are now on the shelves and at the disposal of members. The library which already contains nearly nine hundred volumes and is constantly increasing, comprises a very good and diversified collection of reading, calculated to suit a variety of tastes. The supply of papers and periodicals regularly supplied to the reading room is for a town of this size exceedingly liberal. Some of these are subscribed for by the association and others are furnished through the liberality of friends. The following can be found on the tables at all times. Continue reading