Library Closed as Staff Relocates Thousands of Items

As the Library makes progress on the “Your Library Reimagined” project, the facility will be closed for several weeks, starting Monday, July 9.  In addition to renovation work, library materials are being moved (from storage), back on to the...

Reimagined News – Library Closure Starts July 9, 2018

As the Library makes progress on the “Your Library Reimagined” project, the facility will be closed for several weeks, starting Monday, July 9, due to utility work, and to move library materials from storage, back on to the shelves. There will...

Library Temporary Closure Starts Monday, July 9

The next phase of Sanibel Public Library's "Your Library Reimagined" renovation project is almost complete. The Library will be closed Monday, July 9 for a few weeks to complete utility work, and to relocate library materials. Sign up to receive email...

Your Library Reimagined – June 26, 2018 Update

Renovation work continues on the East Side, including: drywall and conduit work, restroom tiles and partitions being installed; window sills installed. Electrical crews are setting lighting and AC grids in ceiling and adjusting fire suppression...

Your Library Reimagined – June 1, 2018 Update

Renovation work continues including: new, larger windows to maximize the natural light and stunning views have been installed; two computer labs; meeting rooms; and a flexible "Think Tank" Maker Space are being finished. The SPL will have mobile...

TripAdvisor – Hall of Fame, Certificate of Excellence 2018

Sanibel's award-winning public library earned another accolade - TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, for achieving its Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  The Library has won the Certificate of Excellence every year since 2014. In...

Project Narrative

The Sanibel Public Library serves as a community anchor that encourages discovery, enrichment, and lifelong learning. The Library began with a group of volunteers in the 1960s and is currently in its third home, at 770 Dunlop Road, opened in 1994. In 2004 the building was expanded to its current size. Both the beauty and the quality of the structure are outstanding, but it is time to replace much of the infrastructure. HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, lighting, technology, and flooring are being upgraded for greater efficiency; sustainable design features are included with the upgraded infrastructure.

As we take care of the infrastructure, we are also looking at the use of the building, and how that use has changed over the past several years and how it will change in the future. Your Library Board of Commissioners is responding to these ever-changing needs while maintaining what is good about the last 50 years of Library service on Sanibel Island, with a focus on fresh, new, dynamic services and programs.

Reconfiguring of the interior includes a user-centered service design with flexible, multi-purpose spaces for reading and research, collaboration, multiple technology access points, children’s storytime space, and more. We are positioning the Sanibel Public Library for the next decade of exemplary, innovative, and responsive library service. The project has been in planning since early 2015. Your Library Board has set a budget of $5.9 million. The cost for this project will be covered by library reserves, grants, and gifts.

Key Features

  • Flex space for programs and technology
  • Reconfigured large Meeting Room that subdivides into two smaller meeting rooms
  • New Bookdrop – drive up, bike up, walk up
  • New Adult Reading Room with Added Seating
  • New Children’s Room with a Large Window Seat
  • New Interactive Early Literacy Area to Promote Reading Skills
  • New TeenSpace
  • New Technology Mini Lab
  • New Accessible Public Restrooms
  • Expanded Porch to read a book or meet friends
  • New Book Displays
  • More Comfortable Seating and Study Tables
  • Think Tank for Technology Collaboration
  • New Small Study Rooms for tutoring, webinars, and video chatting
  • Archives Room with Digitization Station

Sustainable Design Features


  • Design & Specifications of efficient HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Systems to exceed minimum standards resulting in lower energy consumption and utility costs
  • Replacement of all Mechanical Systems to improve comfort & energy efficiency
  • Replacement of Light Fixtures with energy-efficient models
  • Increased Natural Light with added Day-lighting Controls
  • Water-efficient landscape
  • Use of recycled materials in new furniture and finishes
  • Water use reduction with Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • Innovative Design  allows for open floor plans and minimal use of fixed walls allows for flexibility and operational efficiency



Concept Renderings by HBM Architects