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.

MPL Board of Trustees   Agenda 8.28.17 
MPL Board of Trustees   Minutes 06.26.17 
MPL Board of Trustees   Packet 8.28.17


The duties of the Board of Trustees are defined 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

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

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

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

Stacy Kohlmeier
3446 Vanesta Drive
Manhattan, KS  66503
Phone: 785-341-4781

Sheila Hochhauser
100 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan, KS  66502
Phone: 785-565-6632

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

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