Central Library to close for three months beginning Feb. 2

  • Jan 7, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 6, 2015) –- Central Library in downtown Bradenton will be closed for three months beginning Monday, Feb. 2 during extensive work to prepare the building to be tied into the downtown chiller project.

Central Library will close for three months on Feb. 2
Central Library will close for three months on Feb. 2

 While the library is closed, a temporary computer lab will be opened to the public at 305 15th Street West, formerly home of the Manatee Supervisor of Elections. The "pop up” center will provide internet access for patrons filling out job and social services applications and forms, taking school tests and more. The computers will not be available for general web browsing. 

During the closure, reference by telephone and e-mail is expected to continue uninterrupted, and the library’s online resources should not be affected. The book drop at the Central Library will be closed, and patrons are welcome to return their materials to any of the county’s five branch locations.
While the building is closed there will be significant changes made to the layout of the library to improve the patron experience and support community needs.
The narrow aisles between the rows of shelving will become more accessible  and ADA compliant. The building’s alarm system will be upgraded to include visual and audible alerts. Public computer terminals will be transferred to the library’s first floor. 
The library’s various collections will be rearranged to support user needs. All materials for young people will be grouped. 
All of the staff of the Central Library will continue working during the shutdown period, and will be relocated to various branch libraries and/or the downtown computer lab.  We encourage patrons affected by this temporary closure to visit one or more of the other five branch library locations.
For general information about the Manatee County Public Library System, visit www.mymanatee.org/library.