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Sanibel library is closed but eShelf is open

By Staff | Apr 8, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library patrons can access eBooks and other materials from home.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 1 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the order, the Sanibel Public Library will remain closed.

Book drops are closed; do not return any books, DVDs, audiobooks, kits, et cetera at this time.

While the facility is closed, digital borrowing is open. New or recently-expanded services include:

– Video streaming service Kanopy is making part of its collection available for unlimited viewing during this time.

– Many new eBooks and audiobooks have recently been added to the eShelf.

– This month, Hoopla digital has made a collection of eBooks, movies, TV shows, music and comics available for unlimited borrows.

– Ancestry.com is now available to library patrons from home.

“In keeping with the governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order we urge everyone to avoid unnecessary travel, and keep your currently checked-out items,” Director Margaret Mohundro said. “Please do not return any material until the library reopens. All user fees have been waived.”

Watch the library’s Website, local newspapers and social media for updates.

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 book drops are locked closed.

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

Due to the closure, Ancestry.com is available to patrons from home. The service typically can only be accessed from within the library, but will be available remotely for a few weeks. Users must enter a password to gain access, the password is books11. To get started, visit the Genealogy section of the library’s Website, under the Resources page. If you are having problems, email notices@sanlib.org.

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 OverDrive Libby app. To add more choices of eBooks to borrow, you can add additional library collections ie: SWFLN (Southwest Florida Library Network). Tap on the “Add a Library” from within the Libby app.

Many new eBooks have recently been added to the SWFLN eShelf. When borrowing eBooks from SWFLN, use your Sanibel Public Library card number in the Libby app. Your PIN should be the last four digits of your library card number.

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, which 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.

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

All programs and meetings are postponed or canceled.

The library is providing further information and frequent updates at www.sanlib.org.

Questions and comments may be directed to notices@sanlib.org.