Mission Statement

Manhattan Public Library connects the community 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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement

At Manhattan Public Library, everyone is respected.  The Director and staff are committed to offering collections, programs, and services that support the entire community. We oppose discrimination of any kind, including on the basis of age, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or socioeconomic status. At Manhattan Public Library, we understand that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are essential to offering our community an intentionally robust and enriching experience. All are welcome at Manhattan Public Library.

Strategic Goals 2015-2021

Young girl with glasses reading a red book.
Man with glasses reading a red book.

Inspire Young Readers

Children and their parents and caregivers will have interactive services and engaging materials to help the children develop a lifelong love of reading.

Support Adult Reading, Viewing, and Listening

Adults will have convenient and timely access to a variety of new and popular materials in multiple formats.

Engage Teens

Teens will have a comfortable environment in which to meet and interact with each other and will find materials and activities that support their interest in the ever-changing popular culture.

Bring Technology’s Benefits to Everyone

All residents will have high-speed access to the Internet and will be able to use the latest technologies to participate in the online world and to create or share content with others.

Welcome Everyone Onsite and Online

All residents will have inviting physical and virtual spaces for independent use or for collaborative interactions.

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