In accordance with The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, which recommend avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, Manatee County Government will be closing all public buildings to the public for walk-in services for the next 15 days, from Wednesday, March 18 through Wednesday, April 1. Library staff will continue to operate during normal business hours. Please call any of our branches or contact us through Ask a Librarian. For the latest local updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to

 Please also note that:

All materials will be automatically renewed and due dates will be extended until April 15. All fines that accrue from now until April 15 will be waived.
Donations will not be accepted from now until April 15.
Patrons can still place holds (including ILL), but they will not be pulled and be made available until we reopen to the public.
Holds will still be there when we reopen.
Book drops will be open, but we are encouraging patrons to wait to return their library materials  (remember there are no new fines and we extended due dates!). 

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.