Library Accepting Item Returns & Curbside Pickup Starting Date

Beginning on Tuesday, May 26th the Manchester library staff will reopen its book drops for patrons to return library materials borrowed before the library’s closure in March.

Additionally, the library will begin taking requests for patrons to begin borrowing library materials for our Curbside Pickup service which will officially begin on Monday, June 1st.

Please see the Updated Library & Information Services webpage for more information.

Library Closure

  • The Manchester Board of Selectmen and the Manchester Board of Health have declared a State of Emergency in Manchester-by-the-Sea on Monday, March 23rd 2020 due to the ongoing impact COVID-19. For more information please click here: MBTS State of Emergency
  • Want to access our Digital Resources during the Library Closure but you don’t have a library card? Apply for one by clicking Digital Library Card Registration and following the detailed information! If you have any questions please email

As part of the COVID-19 response the Library will be closed until further notice. The Library Trustees will evaluate reopening based on the status of the Coronavirus situation at that time.

Please keep any library materials you have currently checked out. The Manchester library is fine free so you will not be charged for any overdue items.

We are always open online where you can check out our digital collection at There you can find a great selection of eBooks, Audiobooks, and movies and TV shows to stream and enjoy along with many other digital resources.

Please refer to the Library Closure page to see updates and current and new information as this situation progresses. And please email for any questions or concerns. The staff is monitoring this email address and please expect a reply typically within 24 hours.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.