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Library’s eShelf delivers the world to your door

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Steam movies with your Sanibel Public Library card.

The Sanibel Public Library is closed out of concern for the health and safety of patrons and staff amid the spread of COVID-19. The closure will be in effect for a few weeks, depending on public health guidelines. All programs and meetings, including the library district’s board of commissioners meeting, are postponed or canceled.

“We appreciate the public’s support and patience shown as we work though this situation,” Director Margaret Mohundro said. “Our concern is for the health and safety of all library users, staff and volunteers, and islanders.”

Operationally, the library noted that:

– All overdue fines and user fees are waived during the closure.

– The library is implementing automatic renewal of library cards.

– All books and other materials placed on hold by users will be suspended and remain on hold for pickup when library reopens.

– The drive-up book drop located on the west side of the parking garage, near the exit, is available for book and other materials returns.

– The library’s eShelf and all online services remain available 24/7.

To access the library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage. Your PIN is the last four digits of your library card. Card holders can borrow eBooks and audiobooks via the Hoopla or OverDrive Libby apps. 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 offers Mango, an online language learning tool, with more than 700 languages offered. It can be used on a desktop or mobile device. The app can be used offline if not on WiFi. Downloadable magazines, including Reader’s Digest, Prevention, National Geographic, Star, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Bon Apptit, are available through the RB digital app.

Cardholders can stream from the Kanopy app on Roku, iOS, Android and even desktop devices. It showcases over 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find films, indies and classics. The Freegal music app offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

Students can access Encyclopedia Britannica’s vast collection of entries, multimedia content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources and e-books, web resources, and a world atlas. Search by keyword, or browse among topic areas and biographies. Start at the SPL’s Resources page at sanlib.org. Also found at the Resources page are thousands of recipes at AtoZ World Food or AtoZ Food America.

“For many who are isolated due to the coronavirus, the eShelf has been a way to access thousands of eBooks, audiobooks and even music and movies, without having to pay for subscriptions or online services,” Adult Services Coordinator Candy Heise said. “All you need is your Sanibel Public Library card to access a very rich selection of digital resources.”

For library updates and more information, visit www.sanlib.org.

For questions and comments, email notices@sanlib.org.