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Michelle Hughes, Branch Manager

Michelle Hughes, Branch Manager

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What We Do

We provide open, non-judgmental access to collections and services without regard to race, citizenship, age, educational level, economic status, religion, or any other qualifications or conditions. The library is to serve the total community by providing free and open access to the ideas and information available on all subjects and in all formats. We select and make available materials for the enlightenment, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of its public of all ages, levels of abilities and interest. Also, we advocate and support the First Amendment Rights and the Library Bill of Rights, and protect library materials from censorship.

Mission Statement

The Washington County Library System provides staff, collections, physical and virtual spaces that promote ideas, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen communities. Our objectives are:

  • Provide collections and services to meet community needs and interests
  • Promote the Washington County Library System, the Utah State Library, and all library services available in the state
  • Promote the awareness and use of library resources, services, and programs
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with other libraries and with cultural, educational, social, and informational agencies
  • Attract and develop a high-quality staff with special skills, knowledge, and abilities to help library users
  • Create an environment which motivates staff to achieve high levels of performance, productivity, and professional development
  • Exercise prudence in the utilization of human, financial, and physical resources
  • Utilize appropriate technologies to maintain and improve library operations and services
  • Provide and maintain clean, open, and welcoming facilities


Michelle Hughes serves as the Branch Manager at the Washington Library. She has worked for the library system since 2006 as a library clerk and supervisor at the St. George branch. Her greatest satisfaction in her job is being amongst like-minded people who enjoy stretching their minds through the unlimited world of information found in the library. She enjoys connecting people to the right resource in whatever shape that may be… book, audiobook, movie, website, etc. Transforming people’s lives through literacy programs and ESL tutoring has also been a rewarding experience.

She graduated from Purdue University majoring in dietetics. Prior to moving to St. George eleven years ago, she worked as a pharmaceutical research scientist in Florida and Pennsylvania for over 17 years. Her passion for libraries began while working as a volunteer at the Free Library of New Hope & Solbury in New Hope, Pennsylvania. While enjoying the smell of books as a volunteer, she had a “eureka” moment to pursue librarianship as a second profession, making it one of the best decisions of her life.