Manatee Libraries

NEW! - Transition from RBdigital to Libby: Manatee Libraries' will be moving the RBdigital audiobooks to the Libby app as part of our Overdrive collection beginning on Monday, August 10, 2020. Learn more here.

As an early voting location, the Rocky Bluff Library will ONLY be offering curbside services during early voting. This will be available beginning Saturday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 18. The library will resume in-person service on Wednesday, August 19. Please call Rocky Bluff Library at 941-723-4821 with questions and to set up a curbside appointment. 

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Libraries Reopening: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations are open at limited occupancy during normal operational days, but all will close one hour early to allow staff time to disinfect surfaces in all public areas.

  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) will remain closed.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and the staff asks that customers limit their visits to 30 minutes in order to accommodate more customers while adhering to occupancy guidelines.
  • Computers will be available but are limited to one 30-minute session per visitor per day. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ's page.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

Check back often for new resources and information added on our Enjoy From Home page.

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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!

Announcements

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Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
May 12, 2020
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.Read More
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020
Tutor.com includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons Read More
Picnic in the Park
March 01, 2020
Hear a presentation by Reflections of Manatee's Sherry Svekis about Angola’s Freedom Seekers, followed by a picnic at Manatee Village Historical Park 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

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
11Aug
Tech Class: Hoopla for Streaming Movies, TV Shows, Ebooks, and More
11:00AM - 12:00PM
11Aug
Book Discussion - "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline via Zoom
12Aug
Teen Advisory Board - Rocky
4:00PM - 5:00PM
13Aug
Murder by the Book - "The Family Upstairs" by Lisa Jewell
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline via Zoom
14Aug
Tech Class: Flipster App for e-Magazines
10:30AM - 11:30AM
15Aug
Recycled Book Sculpture
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline via Zoom
15Aug
Teen Game Time - BR
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
18Aug
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
19Aug
Tech Class: Skype Video Calls
10:30AM - 11:30AM
19Aug
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline via Zoom
20Aug
Book Discussion: "The Last Flight" by Julie Clark
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
21Aug
Tech Class: Libby App for Ebooks
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline
21Aug
Books and Beyond: Love Stories - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PM
22Aug
Teen Books and Beyond
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
24Aug
Tech Class: Hoopla for Streaming Movies, TV Shows, Ebooks, and More
10:30AM - 11:30AM
26Aug
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
26Aug
Tech Class: Android Settings Overview
2:00PM - 3:00PM
27Aug
Knitting: Basics
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
28Aug
Tech Class: LearningExpress Library Educational Database
10:00AM - 11:00AM
28Aug
Knitting: Beyond the Basics
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
31Aug
Tech Class: Photography for iPhones and iPads
10:30AM - 11:30AM
02Sep
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline
08Sep
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
10Sep
Braden River Murder by the Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
12Sep
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
15Sep
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
22Sep
Braden River Classics Up Close Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
07Oct
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline
08Oct
Braden River Murder by the Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
10Oct
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
13Oct
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
20Oct
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
27Oct
Braden River Classics Up Close Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
04Nov
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline
10Nov
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
12Nov
Braden River Murder by the Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
14Nov
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
17Nov
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
24Nov
Braden River Classics Up Close Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
02Dec
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline
08Dec
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
10Dec
Braden River Murder by the Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
12Dec
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
15Dec
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
22Dec
Braden River Classics Up Close Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline