Sanibel Public Library’s digital archives are now online. With nearly a thousand items, this ever-growing collection is a dynamic view of Sanibel’s past. From the first homesteaders to important events in the island’s recent history, the Sanibel Public Library Digital Archive collects, preserves, and provides access to all items that are valuable to Island history.
To see the images, newspapers, and oral histories, click here.
Seed development for this ongoing project is supported in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.
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Library is open to the public:
Sanibel Public Library encourages and welcomes use of its collections and services. The Library has remained operational during the coronavirus pandemic by offering 24/7/365 download and streaming services, as well as providing assistance via telephone and email regarding readers’ advisory, Library website assistance, and more. After the State of Florida’s stay-at-home mandate at the end of April 2020, the building reopened to the public in early June, closing briefly in August for a deep cleaning. The Library follows safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Florida government, and public library national standard practices.
Contactless Curbside Service Continues:
The Library is continuing the very popular Contactless Curbside Service for materials requested on hold. More than 5,000 items have been placed on hold since May 1. About 40 to 50 bags go out to the tables for pickup each day.
You can place item(s) on hold online, or make requests 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. Pickup time is weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your hold(s) within those three days, please call the SPL at 239-472-2483, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance of the Library’s parking garage. The bags are in alphabetical order. Items will already be checked out and in a green bag with patron’s name on it.
The Library has many copies of new fiction, you can place a hold online in the Library catalog: Click here to search the catalog.
Patrons may return items to a book drop; one is located outside the west front entrance, the other is located in the second parking garage. Returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours.
The Library loans cooking kits for patrons to check out and take home, click here to borrow a Cooking Kit.
Interlibrary Loan is available. All user fees have been waived at this time, there will be no overdue fines assessed.
eBooks, Apps, and Other eShelf Services:
Sanibel Public Library card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card number. Check out the “Hints & Tips” for OverDrive Libby here: https://sanlib.org/2020/03/01/libby_overdrive_hints_tips/
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 also offers Mango – an online language learning tool. Mango has more than 70 languages and dialects, including English. Mango can be used on a desktop or offline on a mobile device.
Library cardholders can also use the popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 documentaries, indie films, and classic movies.
The Library’s own SanLibMobile app helps you search the Library’s catalog, manage your account, place a book on hold, and more. The app works on all iOS, Android, and other major smart phones and tablets.
Sanibel Public Library’s eShelf was originally funded in 2010 with a grant from the Sanibel Library Foundation, to provide bestseller eBooks and audiobooks. The following year the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club provided funds for an eBook business collection. These services are offered to Sanibel Public Library cardholders at no extra charge. Since 2011 the eShelf usage has grown by 20 percent every year, and more than 43,000 eBooks have been checked out in the past six years, including 9,000 audiobooks.
Sanibel Public Library offers several e-reader apps; including Hoopla for downloadable eBooks, movies, music and audiobooks as well as Libby from OverDrive. New in 2018, cardholders can download music with the Freegal app, more than 13 millions songs available.
For Sanibel Public Library cardholders there is no charge to use Library apps.
Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.
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.
Library staff has been creating “how to” videos to help patrons remotely. To see the videos, scroll through the news blog at https://sanlib.org/blog:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some changes to collections and Library services are in place. In keeping staff and users safe as the goal, the following procedures are being practiced:
Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, hand washing, hand sanitizer, and gloves, when appropriate are used by all staff.
Following City of Sanibel guidelines, the Library requires that everyone in the building wear masks and follow social distancing practices.
About half the furniture has been removed, self-checkout service is encouraged, social distancing guidance floor tape is in place, and public hand sanitization stations are available at all entrances.
Many shared resources are available including newspapers, magazines, puzzle tables, cooking kits, area museum passes, and more. Children’s manipulatives, book kits, and other items in the youth collection are in temporary storage.
Youth Services Librarian, Deanna Evans, posts online storytimes each week, her videos can be found on the Children’s Page at sanlib.org/children.
Library cardholders can stream or download eBooks, movies, music, newspapers, magazines, and more through eShelf.
Computers, printers, scanners, and fax machines are available and are sanitized between each customer use. The “Tech IT Out” service offers Library cardholders an easy way to borrow a Dell laptop or MacBook Air for use anywhere inside the building. To make social distancing easier, patrons can sit at any table or chair in the Library, and use the laptop for up to three hours. The Macs offer apps like Keynote, Google Chrome, FaceTime, and GarageBand. The Dells have PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and even games like Mahjong.
Contact-free Curbside Pickup is available for those who are not able to come into the Library. Materials can be placed on hold and picked up outside the building on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.
WiFi is available throughout the building. Mobile WiFi hotspots are available for checkout.
Many eBooks and several new apps have been added in the past year, including online access to newspapers from around the U.S.
As another safety precaution, the library is quarantining all materials for 24-72 hours between loans to stop the spread of COVID-19. The quarantining system is:
When a library item is returned, a staff member wearing gloves and a mask places it in a designated spot for quarantine. The Items sit for 24-72 hours depending on its format (print, acrylic, plastic, etc.).
During this time, Library materials may appear as overdue on your account. Please do not renew the item if you have returned it. Contact the Sanibel at (239) 472-2483 or email@example.com for any questions, additional information, or suggestions.
Services for Children:
Children’s Librarian Deanna Evans has recorded storytime videos as well as Baby Bounce videos with songs. Click here for the Children’s page on the SPL website, to hear Miss Deanna tell stories and sing a few songs.
With a gift from Hans and Leslie Fleischer, the Library has added learning tablets, audiobooks, and audio-enhanced children’s books. Launchpad, Playaway’s popular learning tablet, features ad-free educational games for preschooler through third graders. The Launchpad experience lets children design a personal avatar and choose an adventure they’re most interested in. From math and monkeys to science and superheroes, every tablet is pre-loaded with different topics. Adults will love that Launchpads are 100% secure, ensuring that children will not be exposed to unintended content. Plus, the amount of playing time on the tablet can be monitored. You can place a hold to borrow the devices for home use.
The six Playaway audiobooks, including Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy can be checked out with or without a print version of the book to read along as you listen. Six Wonderbooks were added to the Library’s audio-enhanced book collection. These books will read aloud to the young listener and can even be adjusted to ask the listeners comprehension questions. Children are given cues to turn the page at a specified sound. Titles include We Are Grateful by Tracy Sorell and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle. Place a hold to borrow the devices for home use.
Kanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content — Movies, TV Series, Animated Storybooks, Live Action, and Animated favorites. Most content is for children age two to eight.
The Hoopla Digital app offers movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds). Click here for Hoopla content for kids. Popular content for kids include Little House in the Big Woods audiobook by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, and the Mo Willems film, The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog!
Teens and ‘Tweens:
Stream or download music and music videos via the Freegal app. Freegal offers more than 13 millions songs, including popular artists: Khalid, Sia, A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Miranda Lambert, Drake, blink-182, H.E.R., BTS, Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band, and Harry Styles.
The Hoopla Digital app offers movies, TV shows, comics, and music. Popular Hoopla content includes the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Hunger Games audiobook series by Suzanne Collins, and the 2017 documentary Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway. Popular music on Hoopla includes artists Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and the Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording).
Practice your foreign language skills with Mango – an online language learning tool. The Mango app mixes listening and reading activities to help you pick up basics of a foreign language using conversation. Want to learn Cantonese? Spanish? Croatian? Chaldean Aramaic? Mango has more than 70 languages and dialects, including English. Mango can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if you’re not on WiFi.
Borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. Popular YA fiction includes books by John Green, Nicola Yoon, Rick Yancey, and James Dashner. OverDrive Libby also has a collection of books by diverse authors, part of the “Own Voices” collection.