Annual Fund Drive

Every year, Manlius residents make a resounding statement about the quality of life here. Between November and February, library supporters contribute to our Annual Fund Drive. These generous contributions allow us to continue providing excellent service, a first-rate collection, and extensive programming.

Monetary donations may be made year-round. For special donations or restricted gifts, please contact the library director.

To donate to the library online, click here and visit our Square page.


In honor of Earth Day, this April 21 – 23 we are collecting alkaline (single use), lithium (cell phone and laptop), and rechargeable batteries to be recycled. Bring your batteries to the bin in the lobby, just to the left of the inner door when you walk in. Click here for full PDF list of acceptable batteries to drop off.

Note: We serve as a drop-off location for rechargeable batteries all year long.


Donated books may be used in the library collection, our annual book sales, and library programming. Donations of gently used hardcover or paperback books in good condition will be accepted.
We will only accept the equivalent of two boxes or bags of books at one time.

Donations We Do Accept

  • Hardcover books in good condition
  • Paperbacks in good condition
  • Mass market paperbacks in good condition
  • DVDs
  • Blu-rays
  • Video games
  • LPs (records)
  • Complete games (must have all pieces)
  • Complete Puzzles (must have all pieces)

Donations We Do Not Accept

  • Cassette Tapes
  • VHS Tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • National Geographic Magazines
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Textbooks
  • Items stored in basement or garage or covered with dust, unidentified debris, cobwebs, mold, etc.
  • Items with the following: water damage, mold, missing pages, broken bindings, bad odor, etc.


For Clothing Swap: Beginning April 1, we are accepting clothing donations for our first ever Clothing Swap (April 21-23). We are accepting clean, gently used clothing for all ages and all seasons. Donate beforehand to help us get the swap started, or come during to swap your items. Or, just come to “shop!” (You do not need to bring any clothes to take clothes home.) If you have any questions, email Laura. Clothing donations before the swap can be dropped off at the table near the desk.

For Grace Abounds: Also in April, we are also accepting donations of undergarments on behalf of Grace Abounds Clothing Wear-House (First Baptist Church of Manlius). We are gathering new (in package or tag still on) children’s, women’s and men’s undergarments including underwear, bras, socks, and undershirts. Donations can be dropped off in the bin to the left of the front inner doors throughout the month of April. For more information on the Clothing Wear-House, click here.


Our Story Time Room serves as a collection point for the Diaper Bank of CNY.  Bring in open or new boxes of disposable diapers and they will be picked up within a week, to be distributed to families in need.


Previously used prescription eyeglasses may be dropped off at the library to be given to the Manlius Lions Club. Or, drop off reading glasses to be used by patrons here in the library.


During April and May, Manlius Library and other member libraries of the OCPL system collect unserviceable flags for proper disposal at the Memorial Day Weekend Watchfire ceremony on the NYS Fairgrounds.


All year round, Manlius Library serves as a collection point for food pantry donations. Bring in items like coffee, soup, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, pasta, beans, canned vegetables, paper products, and laundry detergent.

School Supplies

A surprising number of F-M children cannot afford basic school supplies. When shopping for your child for back-to-school needs, please consider picking up some extra crayons (24 count), markers, glue sticks, colored pencils (12 pack), no. 2 pencils, large pink erasers, two pocket folders, composition notebooks, safety scissors, pencil boxes, and especially backpacks.

During the months of July and August, drop these items off at the library and we’ll deliver them to the three F-M elementary school nurses for distribution.

Through the generosity of our patrons, the library has delivered over 500 items to the schools each year!