Sanibel Public Library’s very own Beth walks you through placing a hold. Place a hold to request books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, kits, or board games from the Library.

To login to your account from home, using your Sanibel Public Library card, go to:

Click on ‘Login’ at top of screen.

Type in your 14 digit Library card number. Your PIN should be the last four digits.

When you are logged in your Account, you’ll see your name on the top right of your screen.

Search the Catalog for the book you want.

When found, click the title you want, then click “Place Hold”

Hold Pick Up Process, announced May 5, 2020:

Sanibel Public Library is still here for you! Staff will be answering general questions and providing Readers’ Advisory (book recommendations) over the phone, call (239) 472-2483. You can also ask for help via email:

The Library is committed to providing patrons access to online resources and access to physical materials – with safety to both our patrons and staff our utmost concern. The Library is now providing Contactless Curbside Service for materials requested on hold.

Place your item(s) on hold online, or request items by calling the Library at (239) 472-2483. You will be notified when your items are ready for pickup. Patrons will have three days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) to pick up items.

Please pick up between noon and 3 PM, Monday through Friday:

Drive into the parking garage.

You will see a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance.

Bags will be on the table in alphabetical order.

Your items will already be checked out and placed in a green bag with your name on it.

Pick up your bag with your borrowed books and library material, there is a handout with information about returning your items, and other current Library services.

The Library building is closed, but Bookdrops are open! Please return items to a book drop. Returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours.

Interlibrary Loan remains suspended until statewide delivery system resumes.


(Announced Earlier, April 2020) —The Library facility is physically closed for now, but open for digital borrowing.

Hover your cursor to use the clickable links:

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. 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;
• The book drops are open;
• The Library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

Due to the closure, is now available to Sanibel Public Library patrons from home. This service typically can only be accessed from within the Library, but will be available remotely for a few weeks. Users must enter a password to gain access, the password is books11. To get started, visit the Genealogy section of the Library’s website, under Resources page. If you’re having problems accessing Ancestry from home, email

To access all of the Library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage menu.
Sanibel Public Library card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. OverDrive offers many children’s books in a variety of languages, including Spanish, German, and French. 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.

The Hoopla Digital app also allows users to stream movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds).

The Library offers Mango – an online language learning tool, with more than 70 languages offered. Mango can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if you’re not on WiFi.

Downloadable magazines, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, OK!, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, Newsweek, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Bon Appétit, and Food Network Magazine, (and more!) are available through the RB digital app.

Library cardholders can stream from the popular Kanopy service, which showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find films, indies, and classics.

The Freegal music app offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

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 Also found at the Resources page – thousands of recipes at AtoZ World Food or AtoZ Food America.

“We appreciate the Sanibel Public Library Board’s healthy budget to provide a variety of material for patrons to borrow. Support from the Library Foundation has increased funding for grants to obtain additional eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.” said Mohundro.

All programs and meetings are postponed or cancelled. The Library is providing further information and frequent updates on its website, Questions and comments may be directed to the email listed on the website: