With the support of the Governor and the Hawaii State Legislature, $700,000 was provided to the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) to significantly expand its collections of eBooks and other new library materials.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Legislature and Governor for providing this much needed funding to enhance our eBooks collection as well as our other library collections,” said State Librarian Richard Burns. “Our eBook collection is extremely popular and well-used, and eBook circulation is growing at a faster rate than any other materials collection. Accordingly, we plan to devote fully half of these funds to eBook purchases, which we estimate will increase our total eBook collection by approximately 25%. This funding will help us meet the high demand for eBooks and other library materials.”