The System of Manatee Libraries is closed to the public for walk-in services until further notice. Library staff continue to work Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Please call or contact us through Ask a Librarian. For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to

Library material donations are suspended indefinitely until further notice.

Curbside Pickup: In order to help serve customers during Phase 1 of the State’s reopening, Manatee Libraries is launching Curbside pickup service on June 1st for items that are being held. The hold pickup service will be available across all its branches, except the LITtle Discovery Center, by appointment only during regular hours while buildings remain temporarily closed to the public. Be sure to place items on hold for the library location where you wish to pick them up. You will receive a notification when your items ready for pickup.

  • Pickup Procedures:
    1. You will receive a call, text, or email once your holds are ready for pickup.
    2. Call your branch and set your appointment. (Island Library (941) 778-6341)
    3. Head to the branch at your appointment time and follow the directions on sign.
    4. Staff will check out your items and place them outside on a table for you to grab and go.

About Us

History of the Friends of the Island Library

The Friends of the Island Library formed in 1965 and opened the first Island Library in a Holmes Beach store front. Dedicated members have continued to fund-raise ever since and have seen the library through many changes, from construction of the Marina Drive building, which opened in 1982, through the grand reopening after a major renovation in 2012.

Throughout the years, the Friends have provided vital funding for books and materials, programs, furniture and equipment, improvements, maintenance and repairs. Today the Friends are proud to support an array of programs for adults, children and teens, as well as enhance the Island Library holdings and facilities. By becoming a friend you help keep the Island Library resources and services up to date and available for all. Libraries need friends and we thank you for your support.

Friends of the Island Library Mission Statement

  • To enhance library resources and services for patrons. 
  • To expand library services beyond what tax dollars alone can provide.
  • To sponsor programs and add to the cultural life of area residents and visitors.
  • To promote community awareness of our library and its programs. 

Nonprofit disclaimer

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and we thank you for your support.

 Your membership and gifts will help enhance our library with many items that tax dollars are unable to provide. 

All contributions are tax deductible.


Little Shop of Drawers

The Friends of the Island Library introduced the "Little Shop of Drawers" this summer. Now there's a book sale you can shop year 'round. Hardbacks are $2, Large Paper Backs are $1 and small mass market paper backs are .50. All proceeds benefit the Island Library.