Manhattan Library Foundation

The library is an important resource for the community, connecting all residents to a world of ideas and information by inspiring readers of all ages, bringing technology’s benefits to everyone, and providing a comfortable, welcoming place for all.

Through the Manhattan Library Foundation, you can invest in the future of the Manhattan Public Library.

Public support creates a good public library; additional philanthropic support creates a great library.

About the Foundation

The Manhattan Library Foundation is an independent, not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, formed in 1992 to support the continued growth and improvement of the Manhattan Public Library through:

  • Establishing and maintaining an endowment fund
  • Encouraging individuals and organizations to make financial contributions to support the Manhattan Public Library
  • Receiving and accepting donations of real and personal property by gift, grant, devise or bequest
  • Managing the gifts and assets given to the Foundation for the benefit of the library.

A gift to the Foundation provides sustainable funding to maintain high quality collections and a welcoming facility.

Since 1992, gifts to the Foundation have funded:

  • Over $1 million for books and materials
  • The acquisition of property for the 1998 expansion of the library
  • The “Aesop’s Fables” sculpture by Kent Bloomer
  • One-third of the cost of the expansion of the Children’ Library in 2014 through a capital campaign
  • Scholarship funds for developing professional library staff

To Make a Gift

Gifts of cash by check may be made by mail or in person to the Manhattan Library Foundation, c/o the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502.

For additional information, please contact Eric Norris at 765-776-4741 x101. A foundation board member and the library director will be glad to visit with you.