International Observe the Moon Night

(InOMN 2014) Join us on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:30 PM Multi-generational. Bring telescopes and we’ll have some, too! Please register so we have Moon maps, Tang, and moon pies for all! Register with scollins at or 978-526-2016. It will be on the Manchester Public Library Lawn (call if weather is questionable) Chuck & […]

Saturday Schedule Resumes

September 6, 10 AM – 5 PM

Summer Reading Topsfield Fair Tickets are Available!

Summer Reading Topsfield Fair tickets are available! These tickets are for children who joined the summer reading challenge and checked off in the Sign In Book that they had read 10 hours by August 5. The tickets are at the front circulation desk and must be picked up by Wednesday, September 10 before 8 PM. […]

The Library will be closed for Labor Day

The Manchester Library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. The Library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, September 2, from 1 PM to 8 PM.  

Watch the Library’s Ice Bucket Challenge!

The Manchester Public Library is doing the #icebucketchallenge to help #strikeoutals! We nominate the other Cape Ann Public Libraries, the Friends of the Manchester Library, and the Manchester Library Trustees. You have 24 hours to complete this challenge or donate $100. Even if you complete it, don’t forget to donate at Check out the […]

Bring your Library Card to the Library (or memorize your barcode)

For quick, efficient, and accurate service, please bring your library card when you visit the Library. Librarians often look patrons up in the database, as a convenience to patrons, but lately the practice has led to several incidents of books being charged to the wrong person. Additionally, with summer visitors, we do not recognize every […]

Summer Reading Deadline for Prizes is August 5!

Have your kids read or listened to 10 hours of reading this summer? Sign up for Summer Reading at the Manchester Public Library ( this enters you into the MEMS School one, too!) Check off your name in the summer reading notebook, a full beaker (paper) = a Chipotle lunch, 5 hours = a bookplate […]

Friends Annual Book Sale

The Friends Annual Book Sale is this weekend! Books in every category including cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction, sports, boating and travel! There will also be books for children and young adults! Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will be there to show his display of local snakes. Saturday, August 2, 9-5. (inside in […]

Summer Weekend Schedule

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library will be closed on Saturdays starting the month of July through Labor Day. Regular Library hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 AM to 8 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 PM to 8 PM, and Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Fourth of July Hours

The Library will close at 4PM on Thursday, July 3 and will be closed all day on Friday, July 4. Have a great Fourth of July weekend!