Resources for Adults

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We may not be at the library, but we are here to help! Email us anytime at with any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are regularly monitoring email on weekdays from 9am – 5pm.


All programs, outreach, and room reservations at Manlius Library are canceled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience presented by these programs being canceled.

Please hold onto all library items. Due dates have been extended and no fines will be collected for items that become overdue during this time. We will not be accepting any book donations at this time. Please do not leave any items outside of our doors.

Get a library card online!

If you don’t already have a library card, get a virtual one now to access our online resources. Visit this page to get started. Once you’ve finished registering for an online library card, you’ll have access to online content that includes downloadable and streaming ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music, online learning opportunities, and research databases.

Resources for Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Offered through New York State’s Office of Mental Health, the Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the COVID-19 emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. Call 1-844-863-9314 to reach the Emotional Support Line.

Onondaga County residents can call 211 or Contact Community Services for their mental health hotline: 315-251-0600. Also, check out Onondaga County’s One Page Resource Directory for Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Developmental Disability resources.

Governor Cuomo announced that Headspace, a mental health app, has partnered with the state to provide free services during this time. Visit their website to learn more. 

Vera House, serving victims of elder abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, continues to provide services through the current crisis. They are especially worried about those who may not have the same opportunities to reach out because of social distancing, or who feel trapped in unsafe situations as a result of self-quarantine. If you need help, call any time 24/7 at 315-468-3260.

Also, check out OCPL’s Mental Health Resources.

COVID-19 Resource Links

Onondaga County Health Department

New York State Department of Health

OCPL’s COVID-19 Resources

Lunchtime Poetry with Lorie

Join Lorie every Friday at 12 pm for Lunchtime Poetry! All videos will be published to this playlist on our YouTube Channel.

Completing the 2020 US Census Online

This video will introduce you to the 2020 Census, present a quick overview of the online questionnaire, and help you answer the questions to respond to the 2020 Census.

You can complete your questionnaire online at:

A guide to completing the 2020 Census online can be found here:

You can also respond by phone or by mail.

Check out this neat map to track nationwide response rates to the 2020 Census!

Tax Resources

IRS Tax Forms

Patrons can order free copies of IRS tax forms and Instructions online at or by calling 800-829-3676.  They can also download forms at

NYS Tax Forms

Patrons can download NYS Tax Forms here.

Tax Help Appointments

AARP Tax Help Appointments have been suspended indefinitely throughout Onondaga County. We hope to reschedule postponed appointments later in the year, but cannot guarantee that this will occur. For those with postponed appointments, we recommend making arrangements with a tax professional in the meantime. We apologize for the inconvenience that this presents our patrons.

Tax Extensions

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. For more information, please visit this page. For information on federal tax relief for those affected by COVID-19, please visit this page.

Unemployment and Career Help

The NYS Department of Labor has announced several changes to better handle the historic number of applications they are receiving. They have added 300 additional staff to the existing 700 dedicated staffers working on processing unemployment insurance. They have also increased the number of servers from 4 to 50 to increase online application and call capacity, and have partnered with Google to make additional improvements to the system.

To file a new claim online, please visit To file a new claim via phone, please call (888) 209-8124 on the specific days based on last name:

  • Monday: A – F
  • Tuesday: G – N
  • Wednesday: O – Z
  • Thursday-Saturday: those who missed their filing day

On their designated day(s), individuals can call during the following times: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 am to 7:30 pm. 
  • Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday: 7:30 am to 8 pm

The following links also should be helpful to those with questions about unemployment: &

In addition, career building resources can be found through our subscription to Gale Testing & Education Resource Center (TERC). Users need an active Onondaga County Public Library card to log in. This database provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and much more. Available online practice tests include entrance exams, certification and licensing tests. In addition, this database offers users access to a superb resume builder, which can accessed under Resume Writing in the Career tab on TERC’s homepage. For questions about TERC, please email us at

Resources for Small Business Owners

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has put together an excellent guide of resources for small business owners. This guide is available online.

Food Help

Food donations until we reopen. FM Food Pantry asks for monetary donations in lieu of food donations for the time being. Please do not leave any items outside of our doors.

Onondaga County Seniors in need of help accessing food during this crisis can call 315-218-1987 for assistance. Also, 211 CNY is a great resource for anyone in need of community, social, or government services.

In addition, Manlius Senior Activity Centre (MSAC) will offer lunches for takeout and delivery. Their June 2020 menu choices can be found here. All meals must be ordered by 1 pm the weekday prior, meaning that a Monday lunch must be ordered by 1 pm on the preceding Friday. Lunches can be picked up outside the front door of the MSAC and will have the orderer’s name on the bag. Lunches are $5.00, and can be paid for by check or cash in a box that will be next to the lunches. Please contact 315-682-7889 if you have questions.

Access The Post-Standard Online from home for free!

NewsBank, available to all OCPL patrons, has curated collections of news articles by topic and trending stories. To get started, go to and click on Newsbank. Newsbank also offers free access to The Post-Standard, including blog and online articles. Visit Syracuse Post-Standard by NewsBank to get started!

Free Ancestry Research

All OCPL patrons with valid library cards, system-wide, now have access to Ancestry from home! Visit and click on Ancestry to get started!


TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Audio Books for all ages Romance eBooks for Adults

Tech & eResource Help

Visit our tech help page for eResource manuals, help aids, and our tech tip of the week.

Click here for information on accessing some great resources online for all ages.

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Manlius Silly Pets

While we are all working at home, we’re spending more time with our furry friends whose antics always make us smile! We hope they make you smile too! Share yours!

The 2020 New York Author Project Contest is underway, with $500 prizes available to the winners in both Adult and Young Adult categories. This contest is sponsored by the New York Author Project in partnership with Library Journal and Biblioboard. Submissions will be accepted until May 31. Full contest guidelines can be found here.

Other Resources

2019 OCWA Annual Water Quality Report