Library Reopening FAQ's

Revised as of 10/10/2020
Manatee County has achieved three Important benchmarks for measuring the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Specifically, the State Department of Health has noted that in Manatee County there as been: 

• A downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and of COVID-19 like illnesses.
• A downward trajectory of positive cases as a percentage of tests
• The capability to test and treat all patients in healthcare facilities

In the meantime, the library has created original online story times, crafts, book discussions and more for children and adults.  We have made thousands of wellness calls to shut ins, special needs clients and Veterans.  We have also supported the County’s homeless and feeding initiatives during this difficult time.  Additionally, we have disinfected, made safety a priority for the community and staff, and made needed improvements to the libraries.

Now that the library is open, can I still pick up my holds curbside? Yes. This pickup service is available across all six full-service branches, by appointment only, during their adjusted hours. Please contact your branch for details.

Why can’t I hang out in the library as long as I want? We're looking forward to the day when all restrictions will be lifted! For now, crowd limitations remain. And to allow as many library lovers to access our facilities, we're asking people to consider others by limiting their time here. We appreciate your consideration and understanding.

When will meeting rooms be available?  We know community meeting space is in high demand for many local groups. We will announce the availability of meeting rooms as soon as we are able. 

When will programming and storytime begin again? Programming hasn't stopped! But we have had to shift to completely online for now.

Can I still use the computer? Will staff help me? Yes, you can use the computer! We have set computer sessions to 1/2 hour per person with no extensions.  Fewer computers are available to protect your health with social distancing. Staff will help within those 6 foot guidelines. We appreciate your consideration and understanding. 

 Where are the toys and puzzles? Things that we usually leave out for everyone to share have been put away for now.  We will put them back out during a later phase. But we do have kits, toys, puzzles, and the tool library available for checkout. We will continue to quarantine these items when they are returned and before we check them out to another customer.  

Are you requiring customers to wear masks? Yes, all Manatee County buildings require masks.