What is your library worth to you?
The Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator shows you the value of library services at Manhattan Public Library based on per capita spending from local and state funding. For every tax dollar you pay, the library returns several to you in books and other materials, programs, and services.
How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
* Your personal rate of return on investment into the Manhattan Public Library is based upon your responses and the average annual tax contribution per capita.
** For more information on how the value of services were calculated, please see the following link: Estimated Value of Services at Manhattan Public Library (Opens in New Window)
BOOKENDS is the name of our new e-newsletter. It highlights new and upcoming events and gives information about the services that we provide to the community.
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International Mud Day Celebration
Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.
Kids of all ages (babies - 6th grade)
Join us for a fun storytime to celebrate the ever-tempting mixture of dirt and water! We will hear some muddy stories, songs and rhymes, and then head outside to make mud pies and other creations! Wear old clothes and shoes! A hose will be available afterwards.
Zombie Apocalypse Training
Saturday, June 29, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.Teens - 7th - 12th grade
Teens, learn the skills you will need to survive a zombie apocalypse (hey, it doesn't hurt to be prepared). Between training sessions, enjoy some snacks and games too.
To participate in the After Hours Parties at the library, teens must arrive before the library's doors close at 6:00 p.m.
Paleontologists, Puppets, and Paris, Oh My!
Saturdays in July
At the library’s first ever Paleontology Party on July 13 at 2:00 p.m., kids in K-6th grade will create their own dinosaur, run dino egg relay races, and might even play some dinosaur bingo! We’ll have lots of projects, crafts, games, and prizes for everyone.
The Clement McCrae Puppet Show’s “Puppets: Can You Dig It” performance on July 20 at 2:00 p.m. will be the big finale for summer reading activities. Watch Otis, a small anthropologist and paleontologist, work with a big shovel to uncover a whole cast of characters in this lively, musical, entertaining, and educational show. Kids will learn that discovery is as close as their imagination!
Plus, "we'll always have Paris" - and the Summer Film Series on Saturdays in July. See the details below!
629 POYNTZ AVE. MANHATTAN, KANSAS 66502 | 785-776-4741
The library is closed during scheduled holidays and times of emergency.
The following is a list of holidays during which the library is scheduled to be closed for 2013:
- January 1st - New Year's Day
- February 18 - President's Day
- March 31 - Easter
- May 26 and 27 - Memorial Day
- July 4 - Independence Day
- September 1 and 2 - Labor Day
- November 28 and 29 - Thanksgiving
- December 24 and 25 - Christmas
- December 31 - Close at 6:00pm
All closings will be announced on the home page of the Manhattan Public Library Website during the closing or in advance if it is a non-emergency closing.
The website and all online services will still be available during these closings.
How do I get a library card?
A library card allows you to borrow materials, use public computers, and access online resources. To get a card, complete a registration form and apply for a library card at the Circulation Desk.
In addition to a completed registration form you need to bring:
- Photo identification (driver’s license, passport, student I.D.)
- Proof of your current address (recently postmarked mail, checks, rent receipt, etc.)
A parent or legal guardian must sign the registration sheet for children under 18 years of age. A parent’s identification may be used for minors. A parent or legal guardian has legal responsibility for his or her child’s use of the library.
Always bring your card when you come to the library. If you don’t have your card with you, you may check out one time by supplying identification.
Your PIN is by default the last 4 digits of the telephone number you used when setting up your library card. If you have forgotten your PIN, you may recover it by going to the following website:
You may also change your PIN at anytime by logging into your account and then selecting “Change Logon” in your Patron Account.
Most library materials may be renewed at the circulation desk, by telephone or by using the library’s online catalog. Most items can be renewed twice if they are not reserved for another person. See Checkout Limits and Loan Periods to see if items may be renewed.
If you can’t find the item or information you are looking for, please ask library staff for help. If an item is checked out, you may reserve it and have the item held for you when it is returned. You may reserve items using the library’s online catalog. When the item is available you will be notified by email or mail. Adult Services staff at the Information Desk can help you reserve an item if you have questions.
If the materials you request are not available at the Manhattan Public Library, you can check out our InterLibrary Loan service. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service offered by Manhattan Public Library (MPL) to its cardholders. If you need materials, either print or audiovisual, that MPL does not own, we will try to borrow them for you from another library. Please check out the InterLibrary Loan page for more information on how you can make a ILL self-request.
How do I request or reserve a meeting room?
To request or reserve one of the meeting rooms available for the public at Manhattan Public Library online, you must have a current library card.
To reserve a meeting room without a library card, you must call the Administrative Office during business hours at 785-776-4741 ext. 120.
All groups using meeting rooms must agree to follow the Meeting Room Policy.
You can request a meeting room and view the Meeting Room Policy online at:
How do I find out about Storytimes?
To find out more information about story times go to our Storytimes page.
You can check out our current list of story times by going to our events calendar.
How do I use free Wireless Service?
You must have a valid library card or request a guest wireless pass at the Circulation Desk to use the library's wireless network. Wireless access is a privilege offered by the library under the Internet and Computer Use Policy. This policy states the terms of access and your responsibilities for using access through the library.
For further information please visit the following page:
How do I find about Programs and Events?
To view all of our upcoming programs and events, please visit the Events Calendar.
How do I use Online Resources?
The Manhattan Public Library (in cooperation with the State Library of Kansas), provides online resources available for our patrons.
Online resources can be found on our Research page: http://www.manhattan.lib.ks.us/index.php/adult
How do I download Audiobooks and Music?
The Manhattan Public Library in cooperation with the State Library of Kansas provides audiobooks, music and e-books that can be checked out via the following site:
How do I contact a Librarian?
You may contact a librarian by calling us at:
785-776-4741 ext. 141
Or E-mailing us at: email@example.com