Library Policies

Patron Information

  • Public Library membership is based on residency.  Your Manchester property taxes support the library’s operations.  Therefore local identification is required to obtain a Manchester library card.
  • If you move or lose your library card please notify the library as soon as possible.
  • You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card.  Do not loan your card unless you are willing to assume that responsibility.
  • Your library records and patron information are confidential.  The privacy of all card holders, regardless of age, is protected by law.  Library staff will only discuss an individual’s account with that person present.
  • Please return materials on time, in the same condition as borrowed.  Do not return compact discs in the book drop.  There is a $1 fine for each item found in the book drop.
  • The library does not charge overdue fines but you may lose borrowing privileges if you have overdue materials.
  • All children 7 years old and younger must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, caregiver, or other responsible adult over the age of 14.

Internet Policy

Manchester Public Library public-access computers are a valuable asset to the residents of Manchester and therefore permission to use them is given based on presentation of a valid Massachusetts public library card, or for out of state visitors, presentation of identification.  Visitors under 12 without a library card must have an adult with identification sign in for them.

  • Patrons must sign in and out at the circulation desk.  Printing is 10 cents per page black & white, 25 cents per page color.  You are responsible for all print jobs.
  • Parents are solely responsible for supervision of content, safety, security, and access to minors.
  • Computer use is limited to one hour per day.  You may continue use if no one is waiting.  Priority will be given to patrons who have not yet used the computers this day.
  • Patrons are not allowed to save any files on library computers.
  • No more than 2 persons may use one work station at one time.
  • The Library does not take responsibility for any personal accounts accessed on public internet computers. When using pass-worded services, be sure to log off the service when finished.  Users should be advised that because security is technically difficult to achieve in a public environment, electronic transactions and files could become public.
  • Library staff is not available for drop-in computer training.  Training sessions are scheduled on an individual basis.  Ask at the Reference desk.  Reference assistance is available for subscription databases found on the menu.
  • Please do not attempt to make adjustments to the computers or printers.  Do not switch terminals when having a problem.  Ask for assistance.
  • Do not attempt to download, upload or install additional programs to the computer.  Not every internet program or email attachment is supported on library computers.
  • The workstations will be shut down 15 minutes before the Library closes.
  • We regret that in the event of terminal downtime, maintenance, or library programs, this service will not be available.
  • PC #5, the iMac, is the designated Homework Center workstation and is reserved for students K-12, Mondays –Thursdays, 3-5 PM, following the public school schedule.
  • Whether using a library computer or a personal laptop, patrons are expected to refrain from displaying graphics which are inappropriate for public viewing, or playing audio that disturbs other patrons. Violations of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the library’s computers and internet resources will result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. A patron will receive one verbal warning. The second offence will result in a 30 day suspension of internet privileges. A repeat offense will result in permanent loss of internet privileges.

Children’s Room Educational Computer Stations

  • These workstations are for educational games only.  There is limited internet connection and no word processing.
  • Children under 5 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Parents are responsible for damage to the hardware.
  • Only the pre-loaded software may be used.  Do not try to load another CD-ROM.
  • There is a 30 minute time limit for these computers.  If no one is waiting, you may continue use.
  • Please do not attempt to adjust the computer settings.  Please ask for assistance if you experience a problem.
  • This computer will be shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

    Complete Library Policies

    To view a comprehensive file of Library policy, follow this link:
    Manchester Public Library Policy Book updated 2012

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