Sanibel Public Library is now loaning videogames like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 4, and Spider-Man for Xbox or PlayStation. Teens can also come into the Library to play on the Xbox Series S, (located in the Teen Area) during regular Library Hours.

FAQs

What do I need to borrow video games?
All you need is your Sanibel Public Library card to borrow video games. Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge.

Where do I get video games?
Pick them up in the Teen Area. Library card holders of all ages can borrow videogames to take home.

How many games can I check out at once?
Each library card may check out two games at a time for one week each.

How long can I borrow the games?
Anyone with a Sanibel Public Library card can borrow games for one week at a time, with the potential for up to two renewals, if another person does not place a hold on the game

How do I browse the collection?
Click here to see the videogames, or browse in person in the Teen Area.

Can I reserve / place a hold for video games?
Yes, you may place a hold for a game online here. You will be contacted when your hold is ready for pickup, then have three business days to pick up your holds at the Library before your hold expires.

This new initiative adds to SPL’s “Library of Things” where patrons can borrow items like Cooking Kits, Birdwatching Kits, or mobile WiFi hotspots. Loaning videogames is the latest pilot project funded in part by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation. Margaret Mohundro, Library Executive Director said, “Libraries, recognized as spaces for interest-driven learning and self-directed discovery, are ideal for the type of learning and discovery promoted by games. Borrowing a videogame can be a great way to test out something new to see if it interests you. You might discover a hidden gem like Rayman Legends or Days Gone.”

Youth Services Librarian Deanna Evans says, “Next generation job skills require digital literacy, creative thinking, critical thinking, the ability to seek information via resources, and teamwork. Gaming encourages all of these skills.”

The Teen Space developed about a decade ago, with a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.

Sanibel Public Library encourages, and welcomes use of its collections and services. The Library is open to the public and also offering the popular contactless curbside service. To use the service, place items 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.

During the summer, the Sanibel Public Library’s Saturday hours change, the Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in June, July, and August.

Library Summer Hours:
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 – 1 PM (in June, July, and August)
SUNDAY – CLOSED

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. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483.

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