Grab & Go

Our Grab & Go section offers the latest titles, the NY Times Bestsellers and some of the most popular materials in our collection. The Grab & Go and New Titles area is located directly across from the Help Desk.



Our Fiction collection is located in the Collection Stacks.



Our Mysteries collection is located at the far end of the Collection Stacks.


Large Print

Our Large Print collection is located at the near end of the Collection Stacks.



Our Reference collection is located in its own area at the back of the Collection Stacks.



Our Nonfiction selection is organized in a bookstore-influenced system where broad subject areas are categorized into groups, or “Glades,” such as “Health,” “Gardening” and “Places.” A map with the location of each glade is available at the Help Desk.

For over 145 years, the Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) has helped library customers find books. Devised by Melvil Dewey while working at the Amherst College library, the DDC system uses numbers and letters to identify and locate books. With this system, globetrotters among us have to search different parts of the collection (dictionaries are in the 400s, while travel guides are found in 914-917) to review all things concerned with travel, for example. However many libraries have begun to move away from the DDC to a more ‘user-friendly’ bookstore-style layout such as the BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) system. Some libraries are replacing their DDC system, others are using the BISAC-style system for a portion of their books, and yet others are using some combination of the two. Darien Library in Darien, CT originated the ‘Glade’ system of shelving the library collection.

Manchester Community Library has 11 color-coded glades and each one consists of a number of subcategories, as noted below:

Color Glade Subcategories

Art & Literature

Architecture, Fine Arts, Instruction, Literature, Performing Arts, Poetry


Design, Farm Literature, Farming, Flower Arranging, Flowers, General, Landscape, Literature, Organic, Pests, Trees & Shrubs, Vegetables


Beer & Wine, Cookbooks: American Cuisine, Baking, Diet & Nutrition, International Cuisine, Entertaining, Grilling, Habits, Literature, Preserving


Alternative Medicine, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Caregiving, Diseases, Fitness, General, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Women’s Health


No Subcategories

Mind & Soul

Aging, Death, General, Parenting, Psychology, Relationships, Religion, Spirituality


Animals & Pets, Environment, Math & Science


Guidebooks, Language, Literature, Travel


Crafts & Collectibles, Interior Design, Sports & Rec, Transportation


Current Events, Disasters, History, True Crime, Vermont


Business, Careers, Education, Finance, General, Gov & Law, How To, Technology