About Us

Lauren Stoddard, Branch Manager

Lauren Stoddard, 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


Lauren Stoddard has worked at the Hurricane Branch of the library system for eighteen years and feels fortunate to have a job that is challenging, educational, and fun! She enjoys interacting with the community every day and assisting patrons with their searches for new authors, books, movies, and audiobooks.

Lauren constantly strives to offer great customer service at her branch. Originally from New York, Lauren has lived in Connecticut, Barbados, Nebraska, California, and Utah. She attended college in Lincoln, Nebraska and Ogden, Utah. She enjoys reading, waterskiing, camping, and spending time with family.