About Manitowoc Public Library

Manitowoc Public Library
Enriching, Connecting, Inspiring


The mission of Manitowoc Public Library is to promote a culture of reading and to provide access to information. Through our services we strive to foster an environment that meets the educational, recreational and cultural needs of the community.

Manitowoc Public Library is located overlooking the waters of both the Manitowoc River and Lake Michigan in the center of downtown Manitowoc. The many-windowed two-story 52,000 sq. ft. building was erected in 1998 to meet the information needs of the community in the 21st century.

Manitowoc Public Library's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan encompasses four goals:

Goal #1:  Inspire Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Adults
Goal #2:  Enrich the Community
Goal #3:  Be a Destination
Goal #4:  Connect with Technology

Click here to see the entire Strategic Plan.

Library History
During 1898 and 1899, a committee comprised of five members of the Clio Club, a women’s literacy group, raised $4,700 to establish a public library supported by public taxation. In November of 1899, the Manitowoc City Council adopted the gift from the Clio Club, provided a tax to support the library, and appointed the first Library Board of Trustees comprised of C. F. Canright, John Nagle and Norman Torrison.
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Library Board & Staff
The Manitowoc Public Library is governed by the Board of Trustees, appointed by the Mayor of the City of Manitowoc. Each trustee is appointed for a three year term. The trustees then elect board officers. Learn More »
Board Minutes
Minutes of all MPL Board of Trustee Meetings are posted when approved. Learn More »
Policy & Procedures
Manitowoc Public Library has established policies and procedures to guide the library in providing open access to library materials for people of all ages; providing materials representing as many viewpoints as possible; and protecting a patron’s right to privacy in dealing with the Library and with respect to records maintained at the Library. Learn More »
Friends of the Library
The Friends of Manitowoc Public Library helps focus public attention on the Library and its needs; stimulates the use of existing programs, services, and resources; supports the library in developing and expanding services and facilities for the public; helps to fund special library needs; and provides volunteer services where needed. Learn More »
MPL Foundation
The Manitowoc Public Library Foundation established the Centennial Endowment Fund to help ensure that Manitowoc Public Library is able to meet the needs of this community at a standard far higher than that which can be achieved using tax support alone. Learn More »
Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities at the Manitowoc Public Library Learn More »