Funding for the Library comes from a variety of sources: local property tax, state aid, federal, state, and system grants, fees and fines, and private donations.
The staff consists of the director and seven board members. The unpaid director and board members assist in the direction and management of the library.
The Manhattan Public Library serves as an information center for the citizens of Vermillion and the surrounding areas and makes an important contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life of this community. The library is funded primarily by a tax levied on property within the city limits of Vermillion and is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Mayor for terms of four years.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contribution to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations or individuals or groups requiring their use.