Updated June 24, 2020
LIBRARY SERVICES AVAILABLE BEGINNING JUNE 29
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. As of June 29th, you will be able to come into the library atrium and pick up your holds anytime between the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Carryout service concludes on June 27th.
All of these services are available:
- 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.
- 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.
- Interlibrary loan services have resumed. Call (785) 776-4741 ext. 300.
- Library materials may be returned to the southwest book drop at any time or in the atrium when the library is open.
- Library card registration is available online or in the library.
- There is 24/7 access to the library’s outstanding collection of digital resources and online learning resources at our digital branch at www.mhklibrary.org.
- Computers, fax, and printing are available by reservation. To reserve a time, call (785) 776-4741 ext. 336.
- A calendar of virtual programs for all ages is located at the library’s online event calendar.
- Summer Reading Program online registration is open at the library’s Summer Reading web page.
- There is a summer reading prize pickup at the desk in front of the children’s room.
- There are no overdue fines on late returns.
What you can expect from us:
- We want to do our part to maintain the health and safety of our community to avoid spreading COVID-19 and to avoid another shutdown.
- Staff are wearing masks and will maintain recommended social distancing from each other and from you.
- Circulating items returned to the library are placed in quarantine for 72 hours. A recent study from the Institute of Museums and Library Services indicates the virus is undetectable after 72 hours on most library materials. You may have to wait a little longer for circulating materials.
What do we ask of you?
- Your patience and kindness. This is new for us, too. We are eager to resume service as safely and quickly as possible.
- Masks are required if you wish to use the library. Show us you care about the safety of staff, other library patrons, and your community, so we can remain open for service.
- Don’t visit the library if you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick. Use the library from home and come back when you are well.
- Maintain your distance between staff and other library users.
- Wash your hands or use sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water.
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.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is making updates to its website as new information becomes available and has facts about the virus.
- The Riley County Health Department asks residents to:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when sick
- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment website has daily updates and other resources to keep Kansans educated on COVID-19.