Reference Services

The Reference Department is your ideal stop for any information or help you need. Our staff can help you with research or questions, and our Reference Collection is filled with valuable, informative resources.

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Printer, copier, & fax

We have a self-serve public printer/copier/fax machine available for your use. It can be found to the left of the Reference Desk. Its features include:

  • Print copies in black & white (20¢/page) and color ($1/page)
  • Sheet-fed scanner (letter-sized only)
  • Flat-bed scanner (up to 11″x17″)
  • Scan to thumb drive
  • Send fax ($1/page)

 Need to print wirelessly?

Send your print job as an attachment to hctpl-main@printspots.com or upload it at https://printeron.net/hctpl/main.

Public computers

We have 16 public computers available for use by patrons. You can log in for 60 minutes per day (we can extend time if the computers aren’t in high demand), and they each have internet access, Microsoft Office, and other useful software.

We also have a computer set up with scanner access, so you can make high-quality scans of whatever documents or physical items you need (and that reasonably fit on a scanner bed). Our reference staff are happy to assist you in using this computer.

For those with vision issues, we also have an ADA-compliant low-visibility computer. Bright keys with large legends and a screen set to a higher zoom level mean even those with visibility issues can take advantage of what computers offer. Learn more about our accessibility options here.

Reference collection

If you’ve ever wanted to look something up but didn’t know where to start, our Reference collection is here for you. We’ve got dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and other books on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: history, religion, social issues, citizenship, business & economics, law, science, medicine, sports, vehicles, sports, culture, exam preparation, technology, and more.

Research & online learning

Interested in online resources? Head on over to our Research & Online Learning page to see how we can help you over the internet.

Inter-library loan (ILL)

If you’re looking for an item and we don’t have it in our collection, you have two options. The first is to request that we purchase the item and add it to our collection, which you can do here. If the item is older or harder to find, your second option is to borrow it from another library through the Inter-Library Loan program.

Learn more by calling the Reference Desk at  260-356-0824 or by emailing  ask@hctpl.info.

Meeting & study rooms

We have a variety of meeting and study rooms available for use by patrons and community organizations, completely free of charge. See what options are available and book the space by visiting our Meeting & study rooms page.