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 – 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