There is a public library on Anna Maria Island and it is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217: For more information call (941) 778-6341 or visit the county’s website under the main menu of Libraries.
Note: Of course they have several computers with World Wide Web access. In addition they have a wi-fi hot spot that is free however not secure. Their children’s department is good with games, puzzles, etc. You can take out VHS tapes, Audio tapes, puzzles, magazines, as well ad DVD’s.
For visitors there is a charge to join the library. For local residents there is no fee.
Anna Maria – Two locals, Pat and Doug Copeland, are the first two people on Anna Maria Island to set up a Little Free Library, a book sharing initiative pushed by the international organization Little Free Library.
What is it you ask? From the Little Free Library website“It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”
A few years ago Pat Copeland was watching the nightly news when she saw a segment on Little Free Libraries. The idea was so intriguing to her that she asked her husband Doug, an Anna Maria Commissioner, to build her one for Christmas. After addressing objections from the city on the logistics of setting up a permanent outdoor library, a special ordinance was created that allowed 5 to be built in the city. They populated it with their own books and those of friends and it’s been a popular edition to the northern part of Anna Maria Island.
Pat and Doug encourage everybody to take a minute, head over to their Little Free Library located at 708 North Bay Boulevard and read a book.
The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach (also known as the Bradenton Beach Public Library) is one of two libraries on Anna Maria Island. Tingley Memorial Library is a privately funded non-profit organization existing on donations and volunteer help, and is independent of the county library system. Tingley Memorial Library is located two blocks south of the Cortez Bridge, just off of gulf drive behind Bradenton Beach City Hall.