Support Your Library!

Donations to the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library help us achieve informational and cultural goals that public funding alone cannot provide. There are many ways to support the Library and even leave a legacy for generations of patrons. Most of these enjoy the same favorable tax treatment as donations to charitable organizations.

For your convenience, you may make your donation online or by mail:

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library
15 Union Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA  01944

For questions about donating to the Library, please email the Library Director or call 978-526-2011.

Donations and Gifts

When making a donation, please take a moment to consider whether your gift is to be used for purchasing books & materials, intended for capital items or programming, or is unrestricted. There are many ways to contribute, and the Library enjoys the opportunity to honor the spirit of your generosity in the way that you wish. To honor friends and family, or memorialize a loved one, the Library is often named as the recipient of donations for the purchase of books with bookplates bearing the name of the honoree.


The Library is always honored when a patron considers remembering us in their will. If you are thinking about taking this step, please contact the Library Director who will be able to help.

Donating New & Used Books

The Library accepts donations of new and used books. Books that are suitable for our collections will be added for the benefit of the community. Books that are not suitable, will be passed on to the Friends of the Library for their annual book sale. (Unfortunately, we are unable to accept magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, condensed books, equipment, or other items.)

Friends of the Manchester Public Library

The Friends of the Library is an active non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Library’s collections and programs through membership, book sales, and donations. Since their formation in 1960, the Friends have contributed everything from a new children’s room, a working fireplace, Library renovations, and access to countless materials and programs.

No matter how you choose to direct your donation or whatever amount you give, we thank you for your generosity and support.