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!

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)

Monday, June 23 at 10 AM

Summer Reading Program sign-up begins at 10 AM. Free bonus bags of summer fun for the first 100 registrants.
Fizz, Boom, Read, our national science theme, is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Public Library, the Mass Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Mass Board of Library Commissioners.

Registration is important, if your plans change please let us know so someone else can attend.

Click here for events calendar.

Call Miss Sara at 978-526-2016 or email Ms Collins at scollins at

Check out the Library’s Online Catalog to get a copy of these great books from the 2014 Massachusetts Book Awards! Go to the Massachusetts Center for the Book to learn more about this award.

For the month of June, the Library will be collecting food donations to give to the Open Door Food Pantry located in Gloucester. Please bring your non-perishable, non-glass donations to the circulation desk of the library.  For more information about the Open Door Food Pantry go to

The Manchester Public Library relies on the help of reliable, enthusiastic, students to keep our summer of many programs and huge amounts of reading flowing. As a volunteen, you will make a difference. If you are a part of the team, you need to be someone we can count on: call or email with schedule changes, take the initiative in rescheduling any missed hours, volunteer to the best of your ability. In return, you will know you have made a difference in the experience of many children in town, the library is a better place because of you, and you will have gained valuable volunteer experience/community service hours needed for school. This is also useful when you seek out a paying job and many recommendations have been written on behalf of our student volunteens.

We expect at least 15 hours over the course of the summer and you must have finished 5th grade this spring to commit to volunteering at this level. Call (978) 526-2016, or email scollins at, with any questions.

Applications are available in the Children’s Room, Teen Zone, and front desk throughout May.  We will have an orientation meeting in early June and do initial scheduling at that point.

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 27 from 1 PM- 8PM.

The Friends of the Library have run out of room for book donations. We regretfully must stop accepting any donations until further notice.