Board of Trustees

Manhattan Public Library Board of Trustees

The Manhattan Public Library serves the cultural, informational, and recreational needs of the citizens of the community and contributes to our quality of life. The library is funded primarily by a tax levy on property within the city limits of Manhattan. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Manhattan Public Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city commission (K.S.A. 12-1222). In addition to the appointed members, the mayor serves as an ex officio member of the board, which means that by virtue of the office or position, the mayor is a member. Trustees serve a four year term and are eligible for one reappointment. Board meetings are held monthly, on the last Monday of each month, at 4:00 p.m. in the board room of the administrative office. Board meetings are open to the public. Changes in the schedule will be posted on this page of the library’s website and on the library’s public bulletin board.

The regular May meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2016.


The duties of the Board of Trustees are defied by K.S.A. 12-1225. Trustees approve library policy and serve on finance, building and grounds, legislative, and policy and planning committees. The library board hires and evaluates the library director.

Current Board of Trustees Members

TBA- President

Bill Lansdowne – Vice President
3509 Dickens Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-537-6490


Carolyn Elliott
804 Goodrich Drive Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-539-5795

Kerry Spencer
3529 Churchill Way Manhattan, KS 66503
Phone: 785- 537-4584

G. Kent Stewart
2062 College Heights Rd Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-539-2663

Elaine Shannon
2869 Bentwood Drive Manhattan KS 66502
Phone: 785-410-5750

Mayor Karen McCulloh – Ex-Officio
City Hall 1101 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-587-2404