Library Policies

Information for library patrons

The PIFSC Library's primary function is to provide information services to the staff of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Services are also provided to other NOAA and non-NOAA tenants of the Inouye Regional Center (IRC). Due to the location of the library, service to other users is necessarily limited but we welcome inquiries from the public.


Who Can Borrow Materials?

PIFSC staff and other NOAA employees may borrow circulating materials by following the borrowing procedures below. Other IRC users may borrow materials by special arrangement (please contact us for assistance). The public may borrow items from the PIFSC collection by visiting their local library and requesting an inter-library loan.

Borrowing Procedures

NOAA staff can sign out circulating materials at the check-out desk or check out items with the librarian. When doing self check-out please write legibly and provide all the requested information. All other users please see the librarian.

Due Dates

For NOAA staff there are no due dates for loaned materials. However, items may be recalled after 30 days if requested by another user. The loan period for all other users is 30 days with the ability to renew once.

Separating from PIFSC

All borrowed library materials must be returned to the library when the borrower ends employment with PIFSC.

Electronic Resources (e-Journals and Databases)

Who Has Access to Electronic Resources?

PIFSC staff have access to all of the library's electronic subscriptions when on the IRC campus. PIFSC staff who need access while away from campus are encouraged to call or email the library to have documents electronically delivered.

Library Space

Who Can Visit the Library?

The library is located on the first floor of the IRC and is open to PIFSC staff and other IRC tenants whenever the building open. Other users may visit the library by special arrangement . Please contact us for more information.

Food and Drinks

Eating and drinking are allowed in the library. Please keep the library neat and pest-free by cleaning up spills promptly and by throwing away food waste outside. Cleaning supplies can be found under the check-out desk.


Library users are not required to be quiet, however please be considerate if other patrons are using the space.


What Can Be Donated?

We welcome donations of scholarly materials that are relevant to the Center's research areas and documents that are important to the Center's history. Documents that contain personally identifiable information (PII) must be clearly marked as such.

How To Donate

Donations of a small number of published items (e.g. journals, books) can be dropped off at the library any time. Please include your contact information.

For larger donations please contact us to make arrangements.

What Happens to Donated Items?

Published materials: Items that meet the library's collection development policy will be added to the PIFSC collection. The rest will be offered to PIFSC staff, offered to other libraries/institutions, and then discarded (in that order).

All other materials: Items that are historically significant to the Center will be added to the PIFSC archives. The rest will be securely discarded.

Information for Other Libraries and Organizations

The PIFSC Library is a proud member of the library and scientific communities. We cooperate and collaborate with other NOAA libraries, federal libraries, IAMSLIC libraries, and research institutions world-wide.

Requesting an Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

We use OCLC WorldShare for our inter-library loans (OCLC symbol: OAF), but requests are also accepted via email at For urgent requests, please email or call for faster service. ILL requests are usually filled the same (or next) working day.

Returning an ILL

Media mail can take a very long time to reach Hawaii, so please return borrowed items via USPS First Class, USPS Priority, FedEx, or UPS.