Coronavirus [COVID-19] Information

Coronavirus [COVID-19] Information

by Cody Wassenberg

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 to our patrons, volunteers, and staff.

Updates – May 22, 2020


The Manhattan Public Library is a hub of activity and works to serve a broad range of needs in our community. Starting Tuesday, May 26, the library will begin Level 2 of the reopening plan.

Level 2 will include the services in Level 1, with the addition of a temporary Library Carryout Service. Patrons will be able to have up to 5 items on hold and 5 items checked out during this time.

Specific details about this service will be available on May 26 on the library’s website.

At each level of the plan, services and activities will be evaluated to the latest orders from the state or county, and the situation at hand.

Call (785) 776-4741 during normal business hours for any questions about resources or library services, or email to

To view the library’s reopening plan, click here.

Updates – May 7, 2020


The Manhattan Public Library is a community center and a hub of activity in the region. Library services will resume according to the social distancing guidelines outlined in “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” as well as local restrictions. Staff are preparing to resume activity in a phased approach, including access to physical collections and public computers in ways that will provide service to as many people as safely and as quickly as possible.

The library building is closed to the public, but a wealth of digital resources are available 24/7 at Manhattan residents who do not have a library card, may register for an e-card at

The book drops will remain closed until May 18, 2020. No fines will be charged. Patrons need not be concerned about returning everything all at once. After May 18th patrons with current holds will be contacted to pick them up by appointment. New e-card holders may pick up their physical card after May 18th by appointment.

Additional plans are underway for Summer Reading sign-up and a service to request books for pick-up, by the end of the month pending testing of reservation system software. Returned materials will be quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours.

Questions about using resources or library services will be answered by staff at Changes will be announced on the library’s website, all library social media outlets, and our monthly newsletter. We look forward to serving you soon. Thank you for your patience.

Updates – May 2, 2020

The Manhattan Public Library is preparing to resume select services in the coming month now that the Governor’s plan “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” allows libraries to operate. This statement means that libraries can open, but do not have to as there are many variables that play into making this decision for each county.

Library staff are currently working to restore library services in levels so we can take proper care of customers as well as our staff. The library remains closed to the public until measures are fully in place and local recommendations are known.

Over the last month we have strived to provide access to the community in a variety of ways; we’ve started issuing Library eCards, added new resources like Creativebug and, increased the number of copies available on Sunflower eLibrary, and more.

Please visit for information as it becomes available.

Updates – March 28, 2020


MANHATTAN, KS—The global outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. In effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and based on recent county closings, as well as the available information from local, state and federal health officials, the Manhattan Public Library will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

The following actions are in place:

  • Please do not return items at this time, all book drops are currently closed.
  • Items currently checked out will not be due until the library reopens. No fines will be accrued during this time.
  • Items you currently have on hold, will be held for you until after the library reopens.
  • Book donations will not be accepted until further notice.
  • Library programs are cancelled until further notice.
  • Meeting room reservations by outside groups will be cancelled and no new meeting room reservations will be accepted until further notice.

There will be no interruptions in access to the Library’s wide variety of online resources while we are closed. Our online resources are available for remote access 24/7 with your library card.

Library staff will be available to answer questions by email at If you don’t have email, leave a voicemail by calling (785) 776-4741. We will return your calls as we are able.

Find more information and updates about library services that are available to you during this time at or by following the Library Facebook at manhattanpubliclibrary, or Twitter @ManhattanPL. We appreciate your patience in this rapidly changing situation.

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.

Facts about COVID-19