Manatee Libraries

NEW! Imagine Your Story - This summer, we're going virtual. All of Manatee Libraries' programs, classes and reading challenges are being set up for you to access from the convenience of your home. Check this page for details. 

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Libraries Reopening: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations are open at limited occupancy during normal operational days, but all will close one hour early to allow staff time to disinfect surfaces in all public areas.

  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) will remain closed.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and the staff asks that customers limit their visits to 30 minutes in order to accommodate more customers while adhering to occupancy guidelines.
  • Computers will be available but are limited to one 30-minute session per visitor per day. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ's page.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to

Check back often for new resources and information added on our Enjoy From Home page. We are also adding preschool storytime readings and how-to workshops on our YouTube channel.  

Our  July eNewsletter includes lots of great summer programming! Sign up to be sent future enewsletters. 

The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at seven facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of our resources over 3.9 million times (a record high!). We offer a wide array of digital ebook/eaudio/movies, unique collections (e.g. early literacy kits, telescopes), databases, classes and special events for people of all ages. Check us out!


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