Manatee County Public Library System

REOPENING! Braden River, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff, and South Manatee Branches all re-open Monday, October 3rd during regular hours of 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. All regularly scheduled programs will resume.

Central Library
will remain closed Monday, October 3 and until further notice. The lots are being used to stage FPL trucks.

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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. In 2019, Manatee Libraries were visited by nearly 800,000 customers who made use of our resources over 4.5 million times (a record high!). We offer a wide array of digital eBook/eAudio/movies; unique collections such as early literacy kits, telescopes, tools and museum passes; databases; classes; and special events for people of all ages. Check us out!


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East County Library Branch
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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