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Sanibel library’s building temporarily closes

By Staff | Aug 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Public Library

The Sanibel Public Library has announced an immediate closure of the building to the public.

On Aug. 6, officials reported that the temporary closure is due to safety concerns.

“Out of concern for staff and public, we are conducting a deep sanitizing and need to temporarily close the facility for public use,” Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. “The library facility is physically closed for now, but open for digital borrowing.”

Staff will continue to offer phone and e-mail support to the public on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library’s eShelf and all online services will remain available 24/7. All user fees have been waived during the closure, and there will be no overdue fines assessed.

In addition, the contact-less curbside service will continue on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking garage. Call or go online to place a hold on items; patrons will be notified when their items are ready for pick up. Holds will be maintained during the closure if patrons cannot pick up their holds.

PHOTO PROVIDED Candy Heisse and the Sanibel Public Library staff can provide support via phone and e-mail.

Watch the library’s Website at www.sanlib.org and social media for updates.

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

To access online services, choose “eShelf” from www.sanlib.org; your PIN is the last four digits of your library card. The library offers over 6,000 eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Libby app. The “eShelf” use has grown as library patrons 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 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.

PHOTO PROVIDED The contact-less curbside service is still available for holds at the Sanibel library.

Downloadable magazines, including Prevention, Star, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, and Food Network Magazine, are available through the RB digital app.

Library cardholders can stream from Kanopy, 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.

Check out “how to” videos created by staffers by visiting “News Blog” at sanlib.org/blog.

Library cards are available to residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.

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

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.