Research & Learning

Manatee Libraries are committed to the education and success of students, residents, businesses, and visitors. We provide access to materials and classes that support information needs and personal growth.  Let us know how we can help you with your research and learning!

Are you looking for assistance in using our historical resources in the Central Library Eaton Room collections? Please email to set up an appointment.

Are you a business that needs to know how to use our business databases in-depth?  Please email

Are you a teacher, organization, or group leader who would like to set up a virtual tour or program with the Area 52 Lab at Central Library?  Please email to make arrangements.

Please note that study rooms are currently CLOSED. Do you need to use a study room at one of our locations? See our Study Room Policy below:

  • Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and can only be scheduled in person on the day of intended use.
  • Rooms may be used for 2 hours per day. If others are not waiting for the use of a study room, the occupying patron may continue to use the room.
  • Librarian on duty is responsible for coordination of scheduled use.
  • Ending time requires that the study room user has cleaned up and is out of the room by the beginning of next user’s occupation.
  • Rooms are for study, tutoring, and collaboration and may not be used for solicitation of business or pursuit of commercial endeavors.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse use that violates other library policies (including unattended children and behavior policies) or interferes with other library patrons’ use of the library.
  • Photo ID is required to reserve room.