Sanibel Public Library is open, the Book Sale Room is now fully-stocked with hundreds of CDs, DVDs, and books.
Over the past few days, crews installed new shelving and end-caps with touch screens for public access to search the catalog. Library staff reshelved the children’s nonfiction and some of the large type collection.
New tables with outlets provide patrons more places to charge their smartphone or other devices.
Renovation will continue in parts of the building for the next few weeks, as the Library is open, operating on normal hours. The entrance on the west side of the building will continue to be the only entry as renovations continue on the east side.
The book drop is located outside of the west side of building to allow patrons to return DVDs, magazines, books, and any other library material after hours. The Library’s eShelf, for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines is available even when the Library is closed.
Patrons can access the full collection of books, audiobooks, music, movies, and newspapers, as well as high speed WiFi and public use computers. Meeting space is still under renovation, the Library is not booking rooms or events at this time. A celebration of the reopening of the Library will be planned for the fall.
Planning for “Your Library Reimagined” renovation project started more than three years ago, when the Library Board and staff analyzed obsolete infrastructure. The renovation is overhauling the library’s 25-year-old mechanical, plumbing, fire suppression, and electrical systems. During the renovation, crews have tested and retested more than 5.166 miles of data cable. More than two miles of ductwork has been installed. The project has also “reimagined” the layout of the space to better serve community needs.
The improvements include larger windows to maximize the natural light and views; four new study rooms; two computer labs with fast internet; a “Think Tank” MakerSpace, and an enhanced Teen Space. There will also be a new Archives Room with digitization capabilities for easier scanning of photos. Most of the updates are behind the scenes, with installation of more efficient infrastructure which will lower operating costs.
For more information about the Sanibel Public Library’s “Reimagined” project, click here: Your Library Reimagined.
Library Hours: September – May:
Monday 9 AM – 8 PM
Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday 9 AM – 8 PM
Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – CLOSED