Ask a Librarian

This service is available to current students and employees of Hilbert College. You may email a simple, factual, straightforward reference question to us and we will respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. Our email address is

If you have an urgent question, please call the information desk at 926-8913 or 649-7900, ext. 361. We cannot answer in-depth reference questions via this service. You will have to come to McGrath Library to research this kind of question.

Examples of factual reference questions:

  • Who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979?
  • What is the telephone number for the Humane Society of the U.S.?
  • What is the state flower of Pennsylvania?

Examples of more sophisticated questions that are impossible to answer via e-mail:

  • Which has a greater effect on society, white-collar crime or street/violent crime?
  • What are the long term psychological effects of child abuse?

Please include your name, email address, telephone number, and affiliation with Hilbert.