Reimagining East Side, Library Open For “Season” Hours

Renovation will continue in parts of the building, while the Library is open, operating on normal hours. The entrance on the west side of the building will continue to be the only entry as work continues on the east side. Support beams are being...

Sanibel Public Library Temporary Closure September 21 to 25

Sanibel Public Library Temporary Closure September 21 to 25 (September 14, 2018) — As Sanibel Public Library continues its renovation project, “Your Library Reimagined,” the facility will be closed to the public from Friday, September 21 through Tuesday,...

Library Closed September 21 to 25

As Sanibel Public Library continues its renovation project, “Your Library Reimagined,” the facility will be closed to the public from Friday, September 21 through Tuesday, September 25. Crews will be delivering and installing book shelves and...

Library Reopens! Normal Summer Hours

Sanibel Public Library is open! Patrons can access the full collection of books, movies, and newspapers, Book Sale Room, as well as high speed WiFi and public use computers. Renovation will continue in parts of the building for the next six to...

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