Library Cards

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Get a Library Card

Resident library cards are FREE to people who reside, own property, go to school, and/or work in Manatee County.  Bring one of the following showing your Manatee County address to the Central Library or any of the branches:

Florida Photo ID, or
Florida Driver’s license, or
Local School ID (16 and up)

OR
Use another form of photo ID and at least one item from the list below:
Utility bill
Voter registration
Tax document
Property appraiser document
Vehicle registration
Lease (must be at least 6 months + 1 day)
Military ID
Mortgage
Pay stub with a local address
Consulate ID with a Manatee address
Supervisor of Elections address
Federal mail, such as IRS or Social Security
Letter from shelter on their stationary

Applications for children 15 and younger require the signature of a parent/legal guardian. Proper I.D. is required for everyone age 16 and up. When necessary, the library will mail a card for address verification. 

Non-residents
may get a library card upon payment of a $20.00 annual fee.  Anyone making a one-time donation of $100 or more to the Library Foundation will receive a Lifetime library card.

Reciprocal borrowing: A free library card can be obtained by showing a valid card from a library in the following counties: Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Okeechobee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota. While reciprocal borrowers are entitled to check out books, CDs, DVDs from Manatee Libraries, there is no access to electronic resources or specialty items like telescopes. All materials must be returned to Manatee Libraries.

Apply online for a library card. You will need to complete the process by showing proof of residency, Manatee County employment, or school enrollment as well as photo ID in person at any of our locations.

PIN

Your PIN is a four digit number that you would have chosen when you registered for a library card. If you have forgotten your PIN you will need to come into any of the Manatee County libraries with picture identification and we can reset it for you. If you have an email address associated with your account, you can also reset your PIN online from the library account log in page  by clicking the "Forgot your PIN?" link.

LOAN PERIODS

Entertainment DVDs: 1 week
New books: 2 weeks
Telescopes, binoculars, and fishing poles: 2 weeks
Most books, audio, and periodicals: 3 weeks
Cake pans: 3 weeks
Non-fiction DVDs: 3 weeks
STEM/Early Literacy kits: 3 weeks
Book Club in a Bag: 4 weeks

Digital content from OverDrive, hoopla, RBdigital, and Freegal Music have varying due dates. Digital content items automatically expire.


RENEWALS AND RETURNS

  • Materials may be renewed multiple times (in person, by phone, or via our online catalog), as long as there are no reserves placed on them, or they are not overdue.
  • Materials may be borrowed from one Manatee County Public Library location and returned to any other.
  • Please return specialty items, such as telescopes, directly to the circulation desk. 
  • Please return items such as cake pans and fishing poles in clean condition.

FINES AND FEES

  • Overdue fines: all items 25¢ per item per day; maximum fine is $5.00 per item. To encourage the use of literacy materials, no fines are charged on these items; however, if damaged or lost, fees for repair or replacement will be assessed.
  • Some specialty items, such as telescopes, carry higher replacement and damage fees than books and require an agreement form be signed upon checkout.
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended for any account that is not paid down to $5.00. Borrowing privileges will also be suspended for any account that has unreturned overdue items.
  • The library will notify per patron’s preference (U.S. mail, email, or text) any accounts that are past due.
  • Non-resident library card: $20.00 per year (2nd card, $1.00)
  • Processing fee for lost materials: $3.00 per item
  • Reference-by-mail: $2.00/$5.00 (in/out of county residents) includes first 20 pages, then 25¢ per page thereafter
  • Replacement charge for lost card: none
  • Printing fee from public computers: 10 cents per page
  • Copy fee from public copiers: 15 cents per page
  • CD-RW: $1.07 (incl tax)
  • Headphones: $5.00 (incl tax)
  • 8 MB Flash Drive: $8.56 (incl tax)

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