November 7, 2022
While recovering from Hurricane Ian, your Sanibel Public Library continues to move forward; providing services 24/7/365 online — books, music, movies, magazines, and more.
The Library’s physical building was closed and secured the day before Hurricane Ian hit. Overall, the building held up very well; storm surge was the biggest threat and did leave severe damage. Staff and professional restorers are working to have the building ready for public access as soon as possible.
Books, magazines, DVDs, and archives are safe and in good condition. The Historic Florida collection – historic photographs, maps, and other documents are safe and secure.
Library art and special displays including historic quilt, prehistoric shell collection, historic, local, donated, on loan from artist are safe and secure.
All of the Adult, Teen, and Youth and your favorite fiction and nonfiction will be ready soon for checkout. Everything you expect, from your favorite reads to checking email will be ready as soon as possible.
Plans include: opening select physical areas for public access services as well as drive-through pickup. Staff will expand and add to services as the restoration work goes on.
Books and other materials borrowed now — checked out and now overdue; damaged; wet; moldy; lost; lost here or at other living arrangements … fines and fees will be waived. Please email if you have questions about borrowed items.
If you are on holds lists you will not be dropped or lose your place in line.
Once the restoration work has made more progress we will begin accepting returns; please do not return books or any materials at this time.
There is no reopening date for the facility at this time. A timeline of when and which services will be offered to the public should be announced soon.

eBooks, Apps, and Other eShelf Services:

Sanibel Public Library card holders can download magazines, eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your Sanibel Public Library card number.

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. In addition to language lessons, you can download eBooks, magazines, or stream video in a variety of languages with Libby, Hoopla, and Kanopy.

The Hoopla Digital app allows users to stream movies, TV shows, comics, and music. With Hoopla all material can be accessed simultaneously (no holds). Hoopla offers a selection of the Great Courses, with videos on public speaking, writing bootcamp, and more.

Library cardholders can use the popular video streaming service Kanopy, which offers more than 30,000 documentaries, indie films, and classic movies, as well as The Great Courses.

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 offers a “Computer Coach” service. Bring in your device for technology assistance with Hoopla, Kanopy, Libby, and other Library apps. For one-on-one tech help go to to register.

Sanibel Public Library offers several e-reader apps; including Hoopla for downloadable eBooks, movies, music and audiobooks. Download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines Libby app from OverDrive. Cardholders can download music with the Freegal app, more than 15 million 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.

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, including 9,000 audiobooks.

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If you have photographs taken during Hurricane Ian or post-storm damage or recovery around Southwest Florida, please consider allowing Sanibel Public Library to archive these important images.
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