Manhattan Library Association

Become a Friend of the Library

The Manhattan Library Association (MLA) is the official name for the Friends of the Library. MLA raises money to support library programs and purchases through used book sales and membership dues.

MLA is a volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization and donations to MLA may qualify as tax deductions.

Online MLA Membership Sales will temporarily be disabled Friday, April 29, 2022 at noon through Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Memberships will be available for purchase at the 2022 Book Sale on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call Library Administration at (785) 776-4741 ext. 100 with questions.

Join Today

Join or renew by mail or online at

Mail membership form to:

Manhattan Library Association

629 Poyntz Avenue

Manhattan, KS 66502

Membership Levels

  • $10 Individual
  • $15 Family
  • $25 Organization
  • $50 Patron
  • $100 Premier

What We Do

Funds raised by MLA have supported:

  • The Children’s Library expansion
  • Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week
  • Annual Summer Reading Program
  • Library programs for all ages
  • Special performances and speakers
  • Aesop’s Fables trellis sculpture by Ken Bloomer (in the library’s atrium)

Mark Your Calendars!

One of the biggest advantages to joining MLA is the benefit of early shopping at the Annual Book Sale. The 2022 Book Sale will be held the last weekend in April.

2022 Book Sale

The Friends of Manhattan Public Library’s (also known as the Manhattan Library Association) Book Sale is here! Cash, check, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit the library programs and purchases such as new books, furniture, special events for children, and summer reading programs. Special thanks to Manhattan Parks and Rec and the City of Manhattan IT Division.

2022 Book Sale Location: Wefald Pavilion in City Park

MEMBERS PREVIEW | Friday, April 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
A special preview night, open to MLA members only, who will get the first pick of the sale items. Memberships will be sold at the door, starting at $10.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Saturday, April 30 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SPECIAL DEALS | Sunday, May 1 | 1:00 – 3:30 PM

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