YOUR LIBRARY REIMAGINED
During the current phase of Sanibel Public Library's “Your Library Reimagined” project, the Library is open for normal operating hours. Look for the interim “main” entrance and outdoor book drop on the west side of the Library. Popular services...
As Sanibel Public Library enters Phase II of “Your Library Reimagined” project, the facility is open for normal operating hours. Look for the interim “main” entrance on the west side of the Library. Phase II includes popular and vital...
Moving crews are relocating library materials and "the stacks" (shelves) into the "reimagined" space. Library staff is setting up the newly-remodeled space for patron services. Telephone and internet cable is being installed and tested. The...
Crews are building the elevator, and pouring concrete at the new entrance. The Sanibel Fire Department and LCEC are working on site, inspecting the electrical and fire suppression systems. The first phase of Sanibel Public Library’s “Your...
Inside: Crews install new staircase, new electrical fixtures, fire suppression system, and drywall. On the exterior: Scaffolding is used to build the new elevator shaft and roofing material. New floor-to-ceiling windows installed near the expanded Reading Porch. The...
The Sanibel Public Library is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation for support of its Your Library Reimagined renovation. “What a wonderful gift,” said Library Board of Commissioners Chair Linda Uhler. “This funding allows the...
The Sanibel Public Library serves as a community anchor that encourages discovery, enrichment, and lifelong learning. The Library began with a group of volunteers in the 1960s and is currently in its third home, at 770 Dunlop Road, opened in 1994. In 2004 the building was expanded to its current size. Both the beauty and the quality of the structure are outstanding, but it is time to replace much of the infrastructure. HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, lighting, technology, and flooring are being upgraded for greater efficiency; sustainable design features are included with the upgraded infrastructure.
As we take care of the infrastructure, we are also looking at the use of the building, and how that use has changed over the past several years and how it will change in the future. Your Library Board of Commissioners is responding to these ever-changing needs while maintaining what is good about the last 50 years of Library service on Sanibel Island, with a focus on fresh, new, dynamic services and programs.
Reconfiguring of the interior includes a user-centered service design with flexible, multi-purpose spaces for reading and research, collaboration, multiple technology access points, children’s storytime space, and more. We are positioning the Sanibel Public Library for the next decade of exemplary, innovative, and responsive library service. The project has been in planning since early 2015. Your Library Board has set a budget of $5.9 million. The cost for this project will be covered by library reserves, grants, and gifts.
- Flex space for programs and technology
- Reconfigured large Meeting Room that subdivides into two smaller meeting rooms
- New Bookdrop – drive up, bike up, walk up
- New Adult Reading Room with Added Seating
- New Children’s Room with a Large Window Seat
- New Interactive Early Literacy Area to Promote Reading Skills
- New TeenSpace
- New Technology Mini Lab
- New Accessible Public Restrooms
- Expanded Porch to read a book or meet friends
- New Book Displays
- More Comfortable Seating and Study Tables
- Think Tank for Technology Collaboration
- New Small Study Rooms for tutoring, webinars, and video chatting
- Archives Room with Digitization Station
Sustainable Design Features
- Design & Specifications of efficient HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Systems to exceed minimum standards resulting in lower energy consumption and utility costs
- Replacement of all Mechanical Systems to improve comfort & energy efficiency
- Replacement of Light Fixtures with energy-efficient models
- Increased Natural Light with added Day-lighting Controls
- Water-efficient landscape
- Use of recycled materials in new furniture and finishes
- Water use reduction with Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
- Innovative Design allows for open floor plans and minimal use of fixed walls allows for flexibility and operational efficiency