Coronavirus [COVID-19] Information

The global outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. Manhattan Public Library wants to keep our patrons informed about the virus and the precautions the library is taking. This page will be updated with any changes to library programs and services. The library strives to provide a healthy and safe environment for our patrons, volunteers, and staff.


October 5, 2020

We are grateful for your continued support for the Manhattan Public Library. You have done a marvelous job of adapting to changes in services, using online resources, getting your e-cards, attending virtual programs, and picking up items via the carryout service.

Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM | Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday: 1 – 6 PM

For everyone’s health and safety, stay home if you are ill, in quarantine, or have been around someone who is ill or in quarantine. Save your visit for another day.

Unless under age 5 or have health conditions that restrict the use of a mask you must wear one. (We have free masks available if you need one.)

City of Manhattan Ordinance No. 7488

Patrons and staff must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other people.

We encourage all patrons to make their visits short and sweet. No appointment is needed to browse the teen and adult collections. Newspapers are not available at this time. Items are not sanitized between browsers.

Not sure what to read or watch next? Not ready to tackle the online catalog? Contact staff at (785) 776-4741 ext. 300 for recommendations or fill out a Personalized Reading List form.

A recent study from the Institute of Museums and Library Services indicates the virus is undetectable after 6 days on most library materials. You may have to wait a little longer for circulating materials.

By appointment only. Call (785) 776-4741 ext. 400. Children’s computers and toys are not available. Families must stay together and reduce touching items.

The meeting rooms and other seating areas are not available. The Teen Zone remains closed.

There are limited computers available on the 2nd floor and they are by appointment only. To reserve a time, call (785) 776-4741 ext. 300.

Wi-Fi access has been extended to the parking lot and is free to use.

We continue to offer holds pick-up. Holds may be placed from the library’s online catalog. You will receive a notice by text, email, and mail when they are ready for you to pick up and check out at your convenience.

Use the outside parking lot book drop for all returns. The southwest book drop will be open only when the library is closed. All materials returned will be quarantined for 6 days. No book donations are being accepted at this time.

Programs will continue to be offered as Take-and-Make and/or virtually.
Check the library’s events calendar for updates.

As of July 20, 2020, all existing overdue fines have been cleared from library cardholder accounts and will no longer be charged at Manhattan Public Library. Any charges related to lost or damaged items will remain on library accounts.

Distance learning through virtual classes and an expansive variety of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and more are available through the library’s online resources (available 24/7).

We know things have been challenging these past months for everyone. The library has been able to provide services in different ways. Thank you for your patience and perseverance.

Call library staff at (785) 776-4741, or visit the library’s website for the latest news on library services.

We encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with reliable information.

Staying home? You can still use the library.

  • Our digital library has a variety of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, popular magazines, and more free with your library card.
  • Need to manage your account after hours or remotely? You can renew books, place holds, and more through the library catalog.

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