As a nonprofit community center, the library appreciates both monetary donations and physical donations.

Annual Fund Drive

Every year, Manlius residents make a resounding statement about the quality of life here.  Between November and February, library supporters contribute to our Annual Fund Drive.  These generous contributions allow us to continue providing excellent service, a first-rate collection, and extensive programming.


Manlius Library collects prom and bridesmaids dresses for Becca’s Closet, a national non-profit that collects and distributes current-style gowns and formal dresses to local high school girls in need.

Food Pantry

All year round, Manlius Library serves as a collection point for food pantry donations.  Bring in items like coffee, soup, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, pasta, beans, canned vegetables, paper products, and laundry detergent.

The weekend following Thanksgiving, we hold a special Take a Bite out of Fines food drive, during which we’ll waive up to $5.00 of fines on your library card (for Manlius-owned items only) for food donations.

School Supply

A surprising number of F-M children cannot afford basic school supplies. When shopping for your child for back-to-school needs, please consider picking up some extra crayons (24 count), markers, glue sticks, colored pencils (12 pack), no. 2 pencils, large pink erasers, two pocket folders, composition notebooks, safety scissors, pencil boxes, and especially backpacks.

During the months of July and August, drop these items off at the library and we’ll deliver them to the three F-M elementary school nurses for distribution.

Through the generosity of our patrons, the library has delivered over 500 items to the schools each year!


Diaper Bank

All year round, the Story Time Room of Manlius Library serves as a collection point for the Diaper Bank of CNY.  Bring in open or unopen boxes of disposable diapers and they will be picked up within a week, to be distributed to families in need.


From November through the first week of January, the library has a donation box for calendars.  These calendars are distributed to local nursing homes and may be found under the magazine exchange.  The pick up date in 2017 is Tuesday, January 10.


Donated books may be used in the library collection or in the annual book sale. If you are considering a donation please call the library first at 315.682.6400. Donations of gently used hardcover or paperback books in good condition will be accepted.

We will only accept the equivalent of two boxes or bags of books at one time. We will take your name and phone number in the event that we have to reach you regarding the donated items.

We do not accept the following items:

  • books that have been stored in a basement
  • textbooks
  • encyclopedias
  • books without covers or damaged covers
  • Readers Digest Condensed books
  • National Geographic books or magazines
  • LPs (records)
  • music cassettes
  • magazines
  • video tapes
  • any items that are dusty and/or moldy