About Manatee Libraries

Our mission: Nurture imagination, promote lifelong learning, and enrich the community

Our vision: To empower, encourage and inspire by being the essential center of the community.

The award-winning Manatee County Public Library System, a division of the Manatee County Community & Veterans Services Department, proudly serves our patrons and community with six locations, online resources, and outreach services.

Welcome, and please let us know how we can help. 

Awards

2021 Foundations & Boards Outstanding Program Award (Florida Library Association): For Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library's Storytelling Festival.

2021 Foundations & Boards Outstanding Member Award (Florida Library Association): For Friends of the Central Library treasurer and bookstore manager Judy Wetter.

Nextdoor 2019 Neighborhood Favorite WinnerNextdoor Neighborhood Favorite: Manatee Libraries was voted a Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite for three consecutive years (2017, 2018 & 2019), an annual award program that gives neighbors an opportunity to recognize the most beloved organizations in their local community.

2018 Innovation Award (Florida Library Association): 
For 805 Lit + Art Journal, the first literary and art journal published by a library. 

2018 Libraries Mean Business (Florida Library Association): 
For Information Services' beneficial service to local businesses and job seekers

2017 Librarian of the Year (Florida Library Association): 
Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager

2017 Friends, Foundation & Board Award (Florida Library Association): Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library's Biannual Newsletter

2016 Library of the Year - Florida Library Association

in recognition of the Manatee County Public Library System for the outstanding service it provides to the community

2016 Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of Teen Recycled Fashion Show

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of Kevin Beach, for a long-standing, distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments.

2016 Outstanding Friends Member - Florida Library Association

in recognition of the outstanding service of Doris Pope, president of the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library

2015 Keep Manatee Beautiful Recycling Award - Government Category

in recognition of the Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show of Recycled Materials

2014 Libraries Change People's Lives Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of expanded Hispanic Services 

2013 Library Innovation Award- Florida Library Association

in recognition of expanded services, programs, and activities focusing on community needs

2013 Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award- Florida Library Association

in recognition of Mana-Con Comics Convention