Wednesday, April 11, 2018
One of the newer libraries on the island, this community library sits close to Aiea Shopping center but is set more where the old Sugar Mill used to be.
Meeting rooms in a separate area away from the library, but very convenient. Outdoor bathroom but clean and well-maintained. Interior family bathroom near the circulation desk too, if you have small kiddos.
Hours are convenient, but later hours would be great for a library so far from town (commute much? Yeahhhhh)
Library is small, but pretty well stocked. Librarians are helpful if often busy. This Library offers a book self-check option, to the left of the circulation desk (looking at the circulation desk from the entrance). If you have kids who like to be very hands-on, they might enjoy this. There's a touch screen with directions, and it's kind of cool.
As with all Hawaii public libraries, there is free Wi-Fi, access to ebooks, and the library will send you an email reminder a few days before your first books are due. Be warned that if you renew online, you may not receive an email reminder for your renewal due date.
Security here is very very nice, something I cannot say about all public libraries.
A room with three tables and attached charging stations is available in the back for studying. Would be nice if there were more tables, as each table seats 4 but there is always just one person hogging the table and requests to sit with them are usually not met well. Not the library's fault, but perhaps a few more 2-seater tables instead of only four 4-seater tables would be really helpful, especially if you have several people in your group.
The architecture here is a little different. We like it here. Parking is plentiful, but oddly usually pretty packed. However, there is a dead end Street that the library sits on, and people sometimes park there too.
Handicapped parking available. Bathrooms by the entrance are very wheelchair-friendly, if not climate-controlled.
Unlike the main library in town, or other libraries, there really isn't a place nearby to sit and eat or have a picnic lunch. However, McDonald's is right down the road and the Aiea shopping mall is right there. There is a field across the street though, so if you have a picnic blanket and chairs, it's a great Lucky-You-Live-Hawai'i option to sit with the family, read your books, and have a snack.
Recommend and would return.