Manchester Public Library

Information, Hours, and Locations
Sunday hours AT CHENEY ONLY through March 29( 1pm-5pm)
Whiton Branch Library will be Open Saturday, January 3 - March 28, 2015 from 9-5.



Mary Cheney Library

586 Main Street

Manchester, CT 06040


Main Desk (860) 643-2471
Reference (860) 645-0821

Children's Room (860) 645-0577


Monday through Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am - 5 pm




Whiton Branch Library

100 North Main Street

Manchester, CT 06042



(860) 643-6892


Monday through Thursday 10 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Beginning the first Saturday in January,Whiton will be open Saturdays from 9 am - 5 pm


More information about Whiton




Download the MPL Brochure (PDF)

Hidden Gems of MPL bookmark (PDF)


Library Mission Statement and Roles  |  How to Get a Library Card  |  Loan Periods  |  Returns/Overdues  

Use the Library from Home  |  Homebound/Bookmobile

Library Board Minutes

Information about Mary Cheney
Information about Dr. Francis Whiton

Cheney Art
Manchester Public Library History

Any resident of Manchester may get a free card to borrow materials.  You will need to show a photo ID and proof of Manchester residence (a piece of mail sent to you recently works well, like a utility bill).  You must have your library card with you EVERY TIME you want to borrow materials from the library or use an Internet computer at the library.  Children must have a parent's or legal guardian's signature (and the parent/guardian must show photo ID) to obtain a library card. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for a lost library card.

Books: 3 weeks.

Unless a book has been reserved by someone else, it can usually be renewed twice by taking it to the library or by renewing online (see Visit the Library from Home for instructions).  Items may not be renewed over the phone.  There is generally no limit on the number of books you may borrow; however, you may borrow no more than 10 books from the "NEW" adult fiction section, and library staff reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed from the same subject area. eBooks can be borrowed for up to 21 days.
Magazines: 3 weeks.

There is no limit on the number of magazines you may borrow.

"Feature film" and children's videocassettes and DVDs: 1 week

They are due 1 hour before closing time of due date.  You may borrow a maximum of 25 TOTAL 'regular' DVDs and Blu-Ray DVDs.

Non-fiction videos: 3 weeks

These are travel, gardening, fitness, documentaries etc. with a Dewey Decimal call number.

There is no limit to the number of non-fiction videos you may borrow.
Music on compact disc or cassette: 3 weeks.

12 per card.

When the library is closed, all materials except Museum Passes can be returned in the book return deposit boxes

located outside of each Manchester library building.

Overdue fees are charged if items are returned after closing time on the date they are due.

All adult items: 15 cents per item per day overdue
All children's items, except videocassettes and DVDs: 1 cent per item per day overdue
Overdue children's videocassettes and DVDs: 15 cents per item per day overdue
Items that are lost or damaged will be charged a replacement cost plus a processing fee of up to $5.00.

Use the library's computerized catalog to look up materials 24/7.  Search our free health, business, and other databases, check your library account, and reserve or renew materials.

Download instructions: PDF (62K) Word (107K)  



Manchester residents, please note that the library has a bookmobile delivery service that can visit you monthly.  Please call the Mary Cheney Library (860-643-2471) to request bookmobile service.

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Updated February 3, 2015