About the Library

Want to see figures about Manlius Library, our budget, and our collection? View our most recent annual report here. Feel free to contact the director with any questions or comments; we welcome feedback.

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To enrich lives by empowering people, inspiring ideas, and building community.


Manlius Library aspires to be a center of knowledge, discovery, and opportunity.


  1. Manlius Library will be a community center providing free and equal access for all. Our facilities and services will be designed with the diverse needs of our entire community in mind.
  2. We will empower people with the tools, services, and resources they need to create opportunities for themselves. We will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and information, facilitating knowledge-sharing throughout our community.
  3. We recognize that stories have the transformative power to changes lives, and that ideas can change the world.
  4. In this rapidly changing world, we are committed to growing and adapting to change. We will support this evolving environment by offering updated services, modern facilities, current technology, and relevant training opportunities for our staff, volunteers, and patrons.
  5. We believe in the importance of respect for oneself, each other, and our mission.


Code of Conduct Policy
Room Use Policy
Public Use of Computers and the Internet Policy
Public Posting Policy
Emergency Closing Policy

Circulation Policies

Loan Periods

  • 3 weeks for books (including new books with yellow tape), audiobooks, DVD sets of 3 or more discs, and music CDs.
  • 1 week for Rapid Read books (pink tape), DVDs, periodicals, and bakeware
  • 3 days for Fast Flick DVDs (pink tape)
  • Items may be renewed up to two times unless they are Rapid Reads or Fast Flicks, or someone else has a hold on the item.

Fines & Fees

  • 20¢ per item per day for adult and general materials, not to exceed $5 per item.
  • $1 per item per day for specialty bakeware and some devices.
  • Manlius Library has no late fines on children or teen material.
  • Once an item has been overdue for 60 days, you will be charged a replacement fee for the value of each overdue item.
  • After $50 of fines or replacement charges, your account will be sent to collections, which will add a $10 collection agency fee.
  • Library privileges may be suspended after $5 of fines.

Fine policies follow the item, so if you put a hold on another library’s item but check it out at Manlius Library, that item will accrue fines per the owning library’s policies. 

Our Library Services

  • Circulation of books and other materials, including DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, large print books, periodicals, and bakeware.
  • Reference and research help in person or by calling (315) 682-6400.
  • Programs and events for people of all ages and interests.
  • We can help you set aside enough books for your next book club meeting and make recommendations for titles available.
  • Materials of all public libraries in Onondaga County are available to Manlius Library patrons through the OCPL catalog, and we offer interlibrary loan for many of those titles not found in OCPL libraries.
  • Free online access to hundreds of databases and online resources.
  • Public access computers, including in-house circulating laptops, and free Wi-Fi are available.  Technology help is always available, including drop-in hours and one-on-one appointments for in-depth questions.
  • Meeting rooms, available for community and group meetings.
  • Fax machines, printing and copying are available for public use. Faxes are $1.75 for the first page ($1 for each after).  Prints and copies are $.10 per page for black & white and $.30 for color.  Scanning to email is free.
  • Notary services.  Please call ahead to ensure availability.
  • Test proctoring.  Please call the library or email programs@manliuslibrary.org to set up an appointment.


The Manlius Library was started in 1915 when a group of citizens led by the Presbyterian minister, Kenneth Welles formed the Manlius Reading Room. It was housed in the Presbyterian Church and opened with 700 donated books.

A provisional charter was granted July 1, 1916 and at the urging of the state inspector, who disapproved of housing a library in a church, the library was moved to the Russell house on Seneca Street.

In 1941 the new Manlius Municipal building was built on the original site of the Presbyterian Church where the library started 26 years prior. The Library moved into one room on the first floor.

The Manlius Library received an absolute charter in 1961. In 1962 the library became a member of the Onondaga County Public Library System.

When the Village of Manlius bought an elementary school building from the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in 1980, the library, along with the Village offices and various municipal departments, moved into the renovated school building. This facility became the Village Center with 9,000 square feet of space occupied by the library.

The library was renovated and expanded in 2005-2006, bringing total square footage to 21,000.  The library held its grand re-opening on May 7, 2006.  The Bookmark Café opened in September 2006.

The library serves the village of Manlius through the FM School District and over 10,000 registered borrowers with active cards.  We have the largest Summer Reading Program in the county, with over 1100 students participating every summer.  We offer traditional and innovative programming and services to support literacy and learning at every age.