About Manatee Libraries

Our mission: Nurture imagination, promote lifelong learning, and enrich the community

Our vision: To empower, encourage and inspire by being the essential center of the community.

The award-winning Manatee County Public Library System, a division of the Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department, proudly serves our patrons and community with six locations, online resources, and outreach services.

Welcome, and please let us know how we can help. 

Awards

2018 Innovation Award (Florida Library Association): For 805 Lit + Art Journal, the first literary and art journal published by a library. 

2018 Libraries Mean Business (Florida Library Association): 
For Information Services' beneficial service to local businesses and job seekers

2017 Librarian of the Year (Florida Library Association): 
Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager

2017 Friends, Foundation & Board Award (Florida Library Association): Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library's Biannual Newsletter

2016 Library of the Year - Florida Library Association

in recognition of the Manatee County Public Library System for the outstanding service it provides to the community

2016 Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of Teen Recycled Fashion Show

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of Kevin Beach, for a long-standing, distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments.

2016 Outstanding Friends Member - Florida Library Association

in recognition of the outstanding service of Doris Pope, president of the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library

2015 Keep Manatee Beautiful Recycling Award - Government Category

in recognition of the Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show of Recycled Materials

2014 Libraries Change People's Lives Award - Florida Library Association

in recognition of expanded Hispanic Services 

2013 Library Innovation Award- Florida Library Association

in recognition of expanded services, programs, and activities focusing on community needs

2013 Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award- Florida Library Association

in recognition of Mana-Con Comics Convention