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UPDATE: Sanibel library offering contact-less curbside service

By Staff | May 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Public Library is now offering “contact-less curbside service.”

UPDATE:

The Sanibel Public Library is committed to providing patrons access to online resources and physical materials – with the safety to patrons and staff of the utmost concern. It is now providing “contact-less curbside service” for materials requested on hold.

Hours for curbside pickup will be Mondays through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Place items on hold online or request items by calling 239-472-2483. Patrons will be notified when their items are ready for pickup. Patrons then will have three days – excluding Saturday and Sunday – to pick up the items.

Upon arrival for pick up:

– Drive into the parking garage. Put your vehicle in park.

PHOTO PROVIDED Access Kanopy at home with your Sanibel Public Library card.

– You will see a table set up outside the first sliding door entrance.

– The bags will be on the table in alphabetical order.

– Your items will already be checked out and placed in a green bag with your name on it.

– Pick up your bag with your borrowed books and library material; there will be a handout with information about returning your items and other current library services.

The library building is closed to the public, but the book drops have been reopened for use. Please return items to a book drop; returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours.

PHOTO PROVIDED Margie Klein's video on “How To Grow Veggies at Home.”

Interlibrary loan remains suspended until the statewide delivery system resumes. Watch the library’s Website, local newspapers and social media for updates. User fees are waived during the closure.

Staff is answering general questions and providing Readers’ Advisory – book recommendations – over the phone at 239-472-2483. Patrons can also ask for help via email at notices@sanlib.org.

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.

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

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ORIGINAL:

Due to the state stay-at-home order, the Sanibel Public Library remains closed until further notice.

While it is closed, digital borrowing is open. Watch the library’s Website, local newspapers and social media for updates to the stay-at-home order. All user fees have been waived during the closure.

“We are pleased to offer the 24/7 library and are grateful to the Sanibel Public Library Foundation for seeing this need and helping us enhance library services to SPL users,” Director Margaret Mohundro said.

To access the library’s online services, choose “eShelf” from the homepage. Your PIN is the last four digits of your library card.

The library offers more than 6,000 eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app.

“While the library protects patron privacy and does not track what individuals borrow, since December 2019, we have seen an increase of 35 percent in downloads via OverDrive,” Mohundro said.

In early April, the Sanibel Public Library Foundation provided a $5,000 grant for additional eBook support. The grant allows the library to increase the number of fiction and nonfiction eBooks.

“Support from the library foundation has increased funding to obtain additional eBooks and audiobooks,” Mohundro said.

Despite a “shortened season” due to the pandemic, the eShelf use grows as library users continue to read, view and listen to online resources.

To add more choices of OverDrive 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. 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. Since December, the library has seen double the number of patrons using it, with an 23 percent increase in the number of titles borrowed.

Downloadable magazines are available through the RB digital app. Sanibel’s most popular ones are Newsweek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, OK!, National Geographic, and O, The Oprah Magazine (borrows are not tracked by individual in order to protect the patrons’ privacy). Local use of the RB digital app has increased nearly 400 percent in the past few months.

Library cardholders can stream from the Kanopy app, which showcases over 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries, hard-to-find films, indies and classics. Films and documentaries popular with locals include “Nowhere in Africa,” “56 Up,” “Renoir,” “Quartet” and “The Farewell.” The number of “plays” via Kanopy has nearly doubled since December.

The Freegal music app offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

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.

During the closure, library staff has been creating helpful “how to” videos from their homes. To see the videos, visit the “News Blog” at sanlib.org/blog.

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.

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.