Manatee Libraries

Get a library card! Library Cards are FREE to people who reside, own property, go to school, and/or work in Manatee County.

Know Before You Go: 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) has reopened by appointment Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 941-748-5555, x3807 to schedule your family's 45 minute playdate. 
  • 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.
Your library is Fine Free! Overdue fines will not be charged for undamaged items returned to the library.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

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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!

Announcements

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Partridge Comes Prepared to Collaborate
September 01, 2020
New Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, brings with her three Master’s degrees and a unique combination of experience, that includes serving as Literacy Coordinator. Read More
Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
May 12, 2020
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.Read More
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020
Tutor.com includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons Read More
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
08Mar
Online Safety: Improve Your Privacy
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
09Mar
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Mar
Google Workspaces Basics
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
11Mar
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
11Mar
Virtual Spelling Bee
5:30PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
13Mar
Birdhouse Recycled Book Sculpture
11:00AM - 12:30PMOnline on Zoom
13Mar
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
15Mar
Online Safety: Improve Your Privacy
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
16Mar
Crafternoon: Leprechauns
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Mar
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
18Mar
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
19Mar
Android Photography
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
20Mar
Crafty Afternoon: Rainbows
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
20Mar
Books & Beyond: Realistic Fiction
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
22Mar
iPhone Photography
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Mar
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Mar
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
25Mar
Civics Lab: COVID-19 – Where Are We Now?
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
25Mar
Taking Flight: A History of Aviation in Manatee County
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline on Zoom
26Mar
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
26Mar
Zentangle
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
27Mar
Animal Trivia
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
27Mar
Coding School: Scratch Workshop
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
29Mar
Health Apps for Smartphones
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
02Apr
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
02Apr
Full Steam Ahead - Rocky Bluff
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline on Zoom
03Apr
Libraries Closed
All DayAll Branches
03Apr
Crafternoon: New Sew Cloud Pillows
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
07Apr
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline on Zoom
08Apr
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Apr
Tea Cups - Recycled Book Sculpture
11:00AM - 12:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Apr
Club de Libro en Español
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
10Apr
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
11Apr
Author Talk: Sunday Brunch with Heather Graham
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline
13Apr
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
15Apr
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
15Apr
Virtual Bingo
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Apr
Spring Craft: String Art Workshop
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Apr
Books & Beyond: #WeNeedDiverseBooks
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
21Apr
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
22Apr
Basic Knitting
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Apr
Zentangle
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Apr
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Mythology Trivia
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Crafternoon: Fairy Jars
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Coding School: Snap Game
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Teen Advisory Board
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
27Apr
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
28Apr
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
29Apr
Art Class with Enith Marin
2:00PM - 4:00PMOnline on Zoom

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