Manatee Libraries

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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.

The Braden River Branch will be closed from Tuesday, September 14 through Saturday, September 18 while new carpeting is installed. 

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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Florida Library Association Awards – Manatee Libraries’ Friends Members are Recognized
April 30, 2021
The Florida Library Association (FLA) honors outstanding libraries and supporters during its annual conference, and two of Manatee Libraries’ Friends’ groups will be awarded this year. Read More
Manatee Libraries Resuming Regular Hours and Extending Time Limit
April 12, 2021
Beginning on Monday, April 12th, 2021, the libraries will be resuming their regular business hours and extending the time limits for library visitors. Read More
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
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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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!