Due to the Library closure, Fold3 and Ancestry Library Edition are now available to Sanibel Public Library patrons from home. They typically can only be accessed from within the Library, but will be available remotely for a few weeks.

Click here to access Fold3 from home, use your Sanibel Public Library card number. Your PIN is the last four digits on the card: Fold3

Click here to access Ancestry Library Edition. Users must enter a password to gain access to Ancestry, the password is books11

Ancestry.com is the “world’s largest geneaology” site with information from census, military, church, and other legal records. Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of men and women who served.

If you’re having problems accessing these services from home, email notices@sanlib.org.

Fold3 Hints & Tips:

With Fold3’s search engine you can search on names, dates, places, publication names, conflict periods, document types, and more. It’s best to start with a simple, broad search such as a name or keyword search, then narrow those results using dates, places, and the available filters on the left side of the page.

For more tips on using Fold3, watch the following tutorials: https://www.fold3.com/tour/

Ancestry Hints & Tips:

If you give up five minutes, Ancestry’s experts can give you some new ways of looking at Ancestry.com that might just improve your hunt:

Ancestry.com’s Five Minute Findshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0xuz8BBkD4hP8k3ExCn1hxhbeuWdVY5x

Ancestry.com Help & Support: https://support.ancestry.com/s/

Quick Tip

Next time you are reading a non-fiction book about a historical event use Ancestry Library Edition to learn more about the real-life characters and locations.

A few popular examples suggested by library reading groups are:

  • “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan
  • “The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914” by David McCullough

Ancestry Library Edition provides a number of blank PDF documents that allow you to keep your research more organized: https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Free-Charts-and-Forms

April 2020, Sanibel Public Library News:

Due to the April 2020 State of Florida stay-at-home order, the Sanibel Public Library will remain closed until further notice. The Library facility is physically closed for now, but open for digital borrowing.

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New or recently-expanded services include:
• Many new eBooks and audiobooks have recently been added to the eShelf, including 20 new children’s and Young Adult eBooks.
• This month, Hoopla digital has made a collection of eBooks, movies, TV shows, music and comics available for unlimited borrows. A special focus on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day includes audiobooks for children and adults.
Ancestry.com is now available to SPL patrons from home.
• Video streaming service Kanopy is making part of its collection available for unlimited viewing during this time.

Operationally, the Library notes:
• All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure;
• The Library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards;
• All books and other materials placed on hold by users will be suspended and remain on hold for pickup when Library reopens;
• The book drops are locked closed;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

To access all of the Library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Library card.
Sanibel Public Library card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. To add more choices of eBooks to borrow, you can add additional library collections ie: SWFLN (Southwest Florida Library Network). Tap on the ‘Add a Library’ from within the Libby app. Many new eBooks have recently been added to the SWFLN eShelf. 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.

Students can access Encyclopedia Britannica’s vast collection of entries, multimedia content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources and e-books, web resources, and a world atlas. Search by keyword, or browse among topic areas and biographies. Start at the SPL’s Resources page at sanlib.org. Also found at the Resources page – thousands of recipes at AtoZ World Food or AtoZ Food America.

All programs and meetings are postponed or cancelled. The Library is providing further “closure” information and frequent updates on its website, www.sanlib.org. Questions and comments may be directed to the email listed on the website: notices@sanlib.org.