Coronavirus [COVID-19] Information

Effective Friday, September 3, all library visitors and staff are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose when inside the library. The requirement applies to people two years of age and older, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.

The CDC and Riley County Health Department recommend masks for areas with substantial transmission rates. When things improve, mask requirements will be re-evaluated. Until then, thank you for your understanding and patience. Your cooperation will help us continue to provide all of the library services you know and love. Masks are available at all service desks if needed.

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.

Updated July 12, 2021:

Services Available

  • There is limited seating at tables and in the Reading Room, 2nd floor, 1st floor, and the Children’s Room.
  • Browse the entire collection at your convenience. We ask you to keep your visit short and sweet.
  • Holds are available via the library’s online catalog. Notices will be sent when items are available for pick up.
  • Public computers are available on the 2nd floor. No appointment is necessary.
  • Print, copy, and fax services are available on the 2nd floor. No appointment is necessary.
  • The outdoor Wi-Fi network (Library Outdoor Wireless) is available and free to use in the library’s parking lot. 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. every day.
  • Self-check stations are available for no-contact checkout.
  • Virtual programs will continue with Take-and-Make craft kits and online videos. In-person programs are safely being introduced, view the events flyer for more information.
  • One-on-one technology training is available in-person and via Zoom, call (785) 776-4741 ext. 302 to schedule a meeting today.
  • Book donations.
  • Rosie’s Corner – The Friends of the Manhattan Public Library used book corner.
  • Teen Zone is open daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

Services Not Yet Available

  • Interactive activities in the Children’s Room.

Check Out Limits

How many items can I check out on my library card and how long can I borrow them?

Items Loan Period Item Limit
All Print Books 21 days no limit
DVDs 14 days 10
Blu-rays 14 days 5
Video Games 14 days 2
Audiobooks 21 days 10
Playaway Audiobooks 21 days 1
CDs 21 days 10
Current Magazines
remain in library
Older Magazines 21 days 10
Story Kits/Discovery Packs 21 days 1
Lucky Day
new bestsellers
4 days 2
Tablets 14 days 1
Interlibrary Loan Items

Rules for Everyone’s Safety

Precautions are in place for the safety of customers and staff, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick, in quarantine, or have been around someone who is sick or in quarantine.
  • Masks are required when inside the library. The requirement applies to people two years of age and older, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6-feet between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Digital Services

  • Our Digital Library has a variety of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, popular magazines, and more free with your library card. 

Stay Informed

Vaccinations, Testing, Health Guidance & Data

Facts about COVID-19


Library Update

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