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.


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. You can 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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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 days. 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.

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.

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


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