Library Carryout

The Manhattan Public Library is pleased to offer a carryout service.

You may notice carryout pick up times have been reduced. Getting your items will soon be easier as we proceed with Level 3 of our phased reopening plan.


Temporary Library Carryout Service

Use our new Library Carryout service to pick-up library items you have placed on hold while the library is closed to the public.

The following information includes the 4 steps to use the Library Carryout Service.

Step 1: Search the Catalog
Search the catalog for thousands of books, movies, and more. Patrons will be able to have up to 5 items on hold and 5 items checked out during this time.

If you don’t have a library card and you’re a Manhattan, KS resident, click here to apply.

Step 2: Place Items on Hold
Find the item(s) you want and then click the “Place on Hold” button. Be sure the items you request are “Available” to ensure the fastest service.

It takes time for our staff to gather and prepare requests for pickup. Allow 24 hours before pickup.

Step 3: Schedule a Time
When you receive a holds confirmation email, follow the website included to schedule your time for pickup. Have your library card and/or photo identification to verify your account.

If you are picking up holds for others, your account must be linked within the catalog. On the pickup form, indicate other patrons you’re picking up for.

You will receive an email when your items are available for you to pick up.

Step 4: Pick Up Items
An approved pick up time will be emailed to let you know your items are available. Come in at your scheduled time. When you arrive, go to the children’s garden gate and present your library card or photo ID to receive your items.

Please exercise social distancing while using this service.

Returns can be made at this time as well.

Contact Us

(785) 776-4741 Ext. 200

Carryout Address

629 Poyntz Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502

Library Carryout Operating Hours

Monday-Thursday – 9:30 AM – 8:15 PM
Friday – 9:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Saturday – 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Sunday – 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Library Carryout Service is available the following hours:

Monday-Thursday – 9:30 AM – 8:15 PM
Friday – 9:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Saturday – 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Sunday – 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Patrons will be able to request items starting Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day). Because this is a holiday, Circulation staff will not be in the building to pull requests. This means that items will not be put on hold until Tuesday, May 26th (at the earliest).

Patrons may have 5 items out at a time while utilizing the carryout service. Some patrons have more than 5 items out already. They will be required to return enough materials that their items out is no greater than 5 when picking up new materials. Ex: If a patron had 26 items out before the library’s closing, they would need to return more than 21 to get any new items. They would return 22 to get one new item, 23 to get two new items, 26 to get five new items, etc.

*We are making an exception for the patrons picking up currently held items during the week of 5/18-5/22. They will be allowed to check out all held items, even if it bring their total over 5. We’re considering them a grandfathered group. If they want to request new materials when carryout service officially begins on May 26th, they will be subject to the 5 item limit.

The following items are not currently available for our Library Carryout Service:

  • Discovery Packs
  • Magazines
  • Storytime Kits
  • Tablets
  • Playaway Audiobooks

Most likely, your account already has 5 items requested. If you think this is an error, please contact the Circulation Department at 785-776-4741 Ext. 200.

The SW book drop (near the Technology Center entrance) will be available for patrons to return items beginning Monday, May 18th. Patrons with Carryout appointments can also return items in the Storytime Room.

All returned items are subject to a 72 hour quarantine period. Items may be additionally cleaned after this period, depending on the availability of cleaning supplies and staff.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks when they come in for the Carryout Service. Library staff will be wearing masks and gloves.