Manatee Libraries

The libraries will be closing early on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. All branches will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Saturday, November 28. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and will see you Monday, November 30.

We are excited to announce that we are starting a new chapter and are now FINE FREE
The new County Policy was approved at the regular October 27, 2020 Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. This enables people in our community to access essential services without being barred due to fines. Manatee County and its libraries are committed to equity and inclusion and removing barriers to resources for the community. Lost or damaged materials, however, are subject to replacement fees.

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.

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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!


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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 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

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