Our current facility, the 116-year old Mark Skinner library in Manchester Village, lacks the functionality and accessibility required of a premier 21st-century library. The current building has become a barrier to our success and we now face the challenges of trying to expand and thrive in a building that is past its useful life. After extensive input from the community, a Facilities Planning Committee was formed, and it was determined that to provide the best services and to save costs, the library should move and build. The committee has been mindful to go about this the right way by honoring our past, listening to our community members, and looking ahead to the important role a vibrant community library can play. The current building will be sold, and the proceeds will be used to finalize the landscaping for the new site and grow the endowment. Read more about the sale of the current building »
A generous and timely bequest from a visionary community member, Lyn Hoyt – the third female philanthropist in the library’s history – laid the foundation for a library of the new millennium. The Manchester Community Library is currently under construction on the corner of Main Street and Cemetery Avenue. The goal is to have the project completed for a fall 2014 opening. Funded completely by private donations, the 18,000 square-foot building will be not only a 21st century library but also a true community center.
People from all walks of life utilize the library to achieve personal and career goals. As lives and lifestyles change, what is needed from a library will be constantly evolving. It is our goal to keep pace by providing beneficial and relevant services to our community members. We are building a library that meets community and individual needs. Our new space will allow us to expand and thrive. Find out how »
Lead the way: become a part of this wonderful investment to the future of our community
Your support will help build a library that is so much more than a quiet place to read; it will be the home of information, communication, and education for our region. You can help now, or pledge over a three-year period with a gift that is right for you. It is the power of all our contributions that will make our library a reality! Your gift to the Manchester Community Library is tax deductible to the limit allowed by law. Learn more about our contribution opportunities »