Manatee Libraries

Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card! Check out our new library card designs, and meet the winners of our library card design contest. 

Manatee Libraries
and the School District of Manatee County are excited to announce the All-Access Pass, an initiative that will help students and families access the vast resources at the public library. Learn more here.

Check out our events and programming calendar.

Upcoming Closures:
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - all Manatee Libraries will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day. 
Know Before You Go:
  • Masks and social distancing are encouraged. 
  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) is open by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 941-748-5555, x3807 to schedule your family's 45-minute playdate. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ page.

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

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We want to hear from YOU!

You are invited to participate in our 2021 Library Survey. Your input from this survey will help us determine what library services benefit you the most, and what needs to be improved.

This survey takes less than two minutes and your answers will be anonymous.

Tell us what you think!¡Dinos qué piensas!

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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Library Card Design Contest
July 01, 2021
The Manatee County Public Library System is asking the community for help with designing new library cards. Read More


all-access pass

all access pass

The All-Access Pass allows students to check out books and other material in the library but will also give them access to so much more!