The new Lakewood Ranch Library in Manatee County is nearing completion at 16410 Rangeland Parkway. A grand opening ceremony, set for January 12, 2024, at 10 a.m., will mark its long-anticipated debut to the public.

“This continued commitment to bringing resources to our residents is important,” said Manatee County District Two Commissioner Amanda Ballard, who also serves as member of the Manatee Library Advisory Board. “The work going into creating this facility and collating its collection is impressive.”

This library, a significant investment from the county, represents its first major library project of the new millennium. Costing $17.6 million, this state-of-the-art library is notable for its contemporary design and advanced features. It offers around 25,000 square feet of space, inclusive of three meeting rooms, making it a hub for learning and community activities.

“This is an outstanding addition to this community,” said District 5 Commissioner Ray Turner. “It will be a center for education and engagement for the East County area for generations to come.”

A novel feature of the Lakewood Ranch Library is Manatee County’s first drive-thru window for library services, providing an innovative way for users to interact with library staff. Boasting a collection of over 38,000 titles, the library caters to a diverse range of interests and ages, positioning it as a new beacon for knowledge, entertainment, and discovery within East county.

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