Manatee Libraries

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Know Before You Go: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations have resumed their regular hours.

  • 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.

The Braden River Branch will offer curbside services to the public while the library is closed for construction until July 30. 

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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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
Braden River Branch Curbside Service
May 26, 2021
Beginning on June 8th through July 24th, 2021 the Braden River Branch of the Manatee county Public Library System will offer curbside services to the public while the library is closed for construction. Read More
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
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

805 Lit + Art
805 lit and art

A quarterly online magazine published by the library system.
Check out the “My Home Library” series that features writers and artists enjoying their home libraries during the pandemic and beyond.