Patrons who want to social distance are encouraged to try the Library’s meeScan app. MeeScan is a self-checkout service with two different ways to self-checkout.

One option is use your smartphone or tablet along with the Library’s WiFi. Using meeScan app, library patrons can check-out their items from anywhere in the Library. Available for download on iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms; meeScan is simple to set up. As always, Library staff is available to help patrons with Library apps, self checkout, or to help find your next favorite book.

How to Use meeScan Self Checkout app:

Visit your app store and search for “meeScan” to download the app, or click one of these links:

To activate meeScan -Touch “START” at the welcome screen. (If necessary, scroll down the screen to see the button.) If prompted, allow meeScan to access your camera, send you notifications, and access your location. Enter your 14 digit library card number and PIN. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card. Ask library staff for help if you need help.

Use meeScan – Touch “START” at the welcome screen. In the checkout screen, use the “+” button to check out items. Barcodes are typically located on the bottom of the inside back cover of books. Look for the barcode that says “Sanibel Public Library”  – most have the Library’s bird logo.

Scanning Tips: Fit the entire barcode in the viewfinder. Hold phone about 6” away from barcode.

To finish -Touch the app “FINISH” button when done. You will get an email confirmation.

Using the meeScan Self Check station at the Service Desks

If you don’t want to use meeScan on your smartphone, the other way to self checkout is with meeScan self-checkout stations. The meeScan self check stations are located at both of the service desks. In addition to a quicker and more private experience, meeScan will keep track of your checkouts by sending an email receipt for every book you borrow.  

How to Use meeScan Self Check stations:
Scan your Sanibel Public Library Card under the meeScan screen.
Scan your items, one at a time, at the station. Wait for the green “success” light each time.
Touch the “Finish” button on the kiosk screen to end your session and log out.
An email receipt will be sent listing the books and other items you’ve checked out.

More Apps at SPL’s eShelf:

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.

“Hints & Tips” for OverDrive Libby:

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’sNewsweekPreventionOprahReader’s DigestHarper’s BazaarVanity Fair, Bon Appétit, and Food Network Magazine, 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 3 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.

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