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Sanibel library offering contact-less curbside service

By Staff | May 13, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library staffer Candy Heise answers calls.

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.

– 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.

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.

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. It has seen a 35 percent increase in downloads via OverDrive over the past few months. In April, the Sanibel Public Library Foundation provided a $5,000 grant for additional support. It allows the library to increase the number of fiction and nonfiction eBooks.

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.

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.

Downloadable magazines, including Newsweek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, OK!, National Geographic, and O, The Oprah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Food Network Magazine, are available through the RB digital app.

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.

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.

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

All programs and meetings are postponed or canceled.

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

For more information, call 239-472-2483, or visit www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.