Curbside Pickup

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library Open Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday, Thursday 10 AM – 7 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday 1 – 4 PM


The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library will continue to offer curbside pickup during open hours for our patrons for the foreseeable future. 

How do I use Curbside Pickup?

  1. You can remotely request Library items through the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog, or call Library staff at 978-526-7711. If a staff member does not answer, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and a message letting staff know you would like to place a pickup order. Also, if you need help finding titles or suggestions to request, use the Personalized Recommendation Request Forms and Library staff will get back to you with possibilities for your next pick up.
  2. Once your items become available you will be notified either electronically or by a Library staff member. You may then pick up your requests only during Curbside hours.
  3. Once you are notified that your holds are available, drive to the Library during curbside hours and park in front of the Children’s Room entrance on Church Street, adjacent to the library.
  4. Call the Library at 978-526-7711 to alert Library staff of your arrival.

Curbside Pickup Hours:

  • If the above times do not work for you, please contact the Manchester Public Library staff at 978-526-7711 or send an email

What if I don’t have a car?

Home Delivery is available at this time. This service is only offered to Manchester Public Library patrons with valid library cards and a Manchester-by-the-Sea address. For more information, please go to our Home Delivery webpage. However, patrons are welcome to come to the Library in any way that works for them and staff will bring your items out to you while maintaining social distancing.

What can I borrow from the Library for Curbside Pickup?

  • All items in our collection and items on the online catalog may be borrowed or placed on hold.

Can I request items from other libraries?

  • Delivery service has resumed between libraries.

What if I can’t find any titles that I am interested in?

Manchester Public Library staff will be happy to provide alternate recommendations based on your preferences.

Will I be fined for any overdue materials?

The Manchester Public Library does not have any fines for overdue items. However, if you borrowed an item from a Library that does have fines, you will be charged by that Library.

Who can pick up my items?

When communicating your item requests to library staff, please indicate if an individual other than yourself will be retrieving the items. Library items will already be checked out under the requesting patron’s account, so you will not need to provide your library card.

Are the book drops open to return items when I am done with them?

The Library’s front entrance and the Children’s Room book drops are open for 24-hour access. All returned items are immediately placed in quarantine for 72 hours before being placed back on shelves or reserved for Curbside Pickup. Please allow 72 hours before your account will show your items as returned. Please do not return the items in the bag that you picked them up in.

Do I need to clean library materials before they are returned?

You do not need to clean the materials.

I have a question that has not been answered in this FAQ.

The Manchester Public Library staff are happy to help answer your questions! You are welcome to call the library at 978-526-7711 or contact us by email