Your Sanibel Public Library card just got more valuable! The Library’s eShelf now offers popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy. Library card holders can access Kanopy to start streaming films on demand instantly by visiting

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films.

Users can access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android, and it’s compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides SPL patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on current affairs. Sanibel Public Library cardholders have access to Kanopy at no charge–borrowing up to 10 movies per month for three days per movie.

“This is going to be a great addition to the DVD collection and the eShelf. I think locals in particular will enjoy and appreciate the high-caliber content offered–it’s a fantastic resource for any film lover,” said Margaret Mohundro the Library’s Executive Director. SPL cardholders can also borrow movies with the Hoopla app–both are available at no additional cost.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro. Kanopy also offers live performances like the 2006 production of Mother Courage and Her Children, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, with rehearsal footage. Patrons can stream The Great Courses Lecture series and documentaries by Ken Burns.

In addition to checking out books, movies, music, eBooks, cooking kits and magazines, cardholders can check out passes to Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), and CROW’s Visitor Education Center. Cultural passes may be reserved to check out for one week using a current Sanibel Public Library card. Call the Library to reserve a pass and to get more information.

Sanibel Library also provides computers (at no charge) to use for internet access, however, there is a ten cent per page charge for printing. High speed WiFi is available throughout the Library for patrons bringing their personal laptops, smartphones, and mobile devices. The Library also offers a great selection of DVDs, large-print books, music CDs, magazines and more. Library cards are available to Sanibel and Lee County residents at no charge. Visitors may purchase a library card for $10, valid for one year.

The “Your Library Reimagined” project is underway at Sanibel Public Library. During the project, a portion of the building will be closed to the public while the infrastructure is updated. The Library will provide service through most of the renovation period, but will occasionally have to close for a day or two when there is utility or plumbing work.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483.

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