Sanibel Public Library Expands Services

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Sanibel Public Library is still here for the community. Staff will be answering general questions and providing Readers’ Advisory (book recommendations) over the phone at (239) 472-2483 or providing help via email at

The library is committed to providing patrons access to online resources and access to physical materials – with safety to patrons and staff its utmost concern. The library is now providing Contactless Curbside Service for materials requested on hold. Hours for curbside pickup are from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Place item(s) on hold online or makes requests by calling the library and be notified when items are ready for pickup. Patrons will have three days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) to pick up items.

Drive into the parking garage. Put vehicle in park.
There is a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance.
Bags will be on the table in alphabetical order.
Items will already be checked out and placed in a green bag with names on them
Pick up the appropriate bag, which will include a handout with information about returning items, and other current Library services.

The library building is closed, but Bookdrops are open for returning items. Returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours.

Interlibrary Loan remains suspended until statewide delivery system resumes. Watch the library’s website, local newspapers, and social media for updates. All user fees have been waived during the closure.

To access all of the library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu. PIN is the last four digits of your Library card.

Sanibel Public Library offers more than 6,000 eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. The library has seen an increase of 35 percent in downloads via OverDrive over the past few months. In early April, Sanibel Public Library Foundation provided a $5,000 grant for additional eBook support. The grant allows the library to increase the number of popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks.

To add more choices of OverDrive eBooks to borrow, add additional library collections ie: SWFLN (Southwest Florida Library Network). Tap on the ‘Add a Library’ from within the Libby app. When borrowing eBooks from SWFLN, use your Sanibel Public Library card number in the Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card number.

The Hoopla Digital app also allows users to stream movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds).

Downloadable magazines, including Newsweek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, OK!, National Geographic, and O, The Oprah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Food Network Magazine, are available through the RB digital app.

Library cardholders can stream from Kanopy, which showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, indies, and classics.

The Freegal music app offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

Due to the closure, is now available to Sanibel Public Library patrons from home. This service typically can only be accessed from within the library, but will be available remotely at this time. Users must enter a password to gain access, the password is books11. To get started, visit the Genealogy section of the library’s website, under resources page. Anhyone with questions about accessing Ancestry from home can call the library or email

During the closure, library staff has been creating “how to” videos from their homes. To see the videos, go to the News Blog at

Operationally, the library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure;
• The Library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

All programs and meetings are postponed or cancelled. Questions and comments may be directed to

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge. Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee, and are good for one year. Sanibel Public Library is located at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483, or visit online at

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