Manatee Libraries

COVID-19 test kits are no longer available at library locations. At this time the County does not have future plans to distribute at-home COVID-19 tests, but we will notify the public if that changes.

Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card!

Check out our events and programming calendar.

Upcoming Holiday Closures:

  • Downtown Bradenton Branch will be closed on Monday, February 21 for Presidents 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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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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East County Library Branch
November 16, 2021
We are so grateful to announce that the Manatee County Commission has officially approved the build of the future Library of East Manatee County at Lakewood Ranch!Read More
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
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020 includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/APĀ® Test Preparation & video lessons 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!