Your Library Reimagined January 2018 Update

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...

Your Library Reimagined-December 2017 Update

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...

Your Library Reimagined-November 2017 Update

The interior design palette of the YLR project is inspired by the natural surroundings of the island. The flooring materials incorporate layers of varying blues at the shoreline as well as textures representing water transitioning to the tonal sand and shells along...

Your Library Reimagined-October 9, 2017

Space for larger windows is being prepared near the Reading Lanai and Meeting Rooms 1 -3. The elevator shaft, data cables, electrical, and other utilities are being installed. The other part of the Library is open -  providing space to use computers, find books,...

Your Library Reimagined-September 2017

After a brief pause due to Hurricane Irma, the project is back on schedule. Electrical, duct work, cable, and other utilities are being installed. Areas formerly used for Tech and Meeting Rooms 1-3, as well as the parking garage, are closed to the public. The other...

Project Narrative

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.

Key Features

  • 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



Concept Renderings by HBM Architects