Town Hall and Library will be closed today, Wednesday, to allow for clean-up of streets, parking lots, and sidewalks. We expect to be open at 1 PM on Thursday.


Enjoy a nominee preview movie night every Friday at 5:30 PM for this movie awards season! Check out the list of movies the library will be showing after regular Library hours starting this Friday.


factciteloginFrom Lincoln Library

FactCite is a fully searchable online information resource brought to you by The Lincoln Library Press. It enables student researchers and teachers to easily navigate through a vast amount of information. Student researchers can search or browse the vast selection of textual information as well as make use of other helpful features, such as printable full-color and outline illustrations and maps. Bonus material in our Greek & Roman section enhances comprehension with features such as a gods and heroes equivalency chart, a Greek alphabet chart, and classroom plays. You need a valid Manchester Public Library card to access the database.

The Library is open on Sundays from 1 – 5 PM until March 29, 2015.


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 video on our Facebook Page!




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 patron. Searching for a patron in the database takes minutes and is open to mistakes; scanning a library card is quick and accurate.

This summer we will offer tokens to those who bring their library card (or correctly memorize their barcode). Accumulate 10 tokens to redeem for a treat, a $5 gift certificate to Captain Dusty’s or the Coffee Cup. Librarians hope the habit will stick in the fall.

(July 1 – Labor Day)

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 for you in a library book, and 10= Topsfield Fair tickets but your name must be checked off by Tuesday, August 5th in the library! Make sure you name is clearly written out in the summer reading notebook and that you have checked yourself off in the read (or listened) 10 hours column. This is sent to the Topsfield fair that night and they will send tickets for those names only in September.





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 case of rain)
Sunday, August 3, 10-1

The Library will close early on August 1 at 3 PM for the friends to set up the sale.

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.

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!