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Sanibel Public Library

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Address: 770 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4016
Phone Number:
+1 239-472-2483
Fee: No

Sanibel Public Library is undergoing "Your Library Reimagined"...

Sanibel Public Library is undergoing "Your Library Reimagined" project. Both the beauty and the quality of the Library structure are outstanding, but it is time to replace much of the infrastructure. HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, lighting, technology, and flooring are being upgraded for greater efficiency; sustainable design features are included with the upgrade. All Library services (like the shell exhibit, for example) may not be available at all times during the 2017 remodel. Updates to the project will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Please call the Library before your visit if you have questions.

The Library provides access to high speed WiFi, as well as printing services—no Library card required. If you do not live in Lee County Florida, you may purchase a Visitor Card for $10, good for one year. Use the Visitor Card to check out books, movies, cooking kits, museum passes, music, magazines, and more—up to 30 items at one time. Also use your Visitor Card to download eBooks, magazines and audiobooks, and stream movies and music through the Library's eShelf collection.

Sanibel Public Library hosts programs for kids of all ages throughout the year including storytimes, makerspace events, and special guests. Events are listed at the Library's online calendar.

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This library is very special. The people there are very helpful. The selection of books and books is good. I'm glad the island has such a great library.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Karen N
Sanibel Island, Florida
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This library is very special. The people there are very helpful. The selection of books and books is good. I'm glad the island has such a great library.

Thank Karen N
Tice, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay away from the beach during a storm. Wifi in motels is awful-so is using your cell phone...as well as power outtages so why not come to library to read, find out about more attractions on Sanibel and Captiva islands. friendly great staff

Thank FortMyersRecycler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a nice museum attached and a nice history room unique style. I wouldnt chose here to study rather than just grab a quick book or a quick read. Seems like a local only library.

Thank Dion G
Queensbury, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a visitor in the area you're not likely yo be a member of this library or capable of borrowing books. On the other hand....Sanibel Island really has no used book stores but if you go in to this library they usually have a well stocked room of used books available for sale at very inexpensive prices. So it works... More 

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Sanlib L, Public Relations Manager at Sanibel Public Library, responded to this review

Thank you MikeyBoy, for your wonderful review! If you stop by in the future ... if you do not reside in Lee County, FL you are actually able to purchase a SPL Visitor Library Card, which will allow you to borrow books, movies etc., AND eBooks, for one year. Visitor cards are available for a $10 fee. There is no... More 

Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit libraries everywhere we go - this is one of the nicer libraries we've seen. The building is really nice and welcoming. The collection isn't the largest (you wouldn't expect it to be), but it seemed decent. Lots of locals hanging out when we were there, which is always a good sign in my book. If you're a library... More 

Thank plstrom
On the road again
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

One of the best libraries in the state of Florida. Easy to get to and under building parking so accessible even on a rainy day. the Doctor hit me with a helpful vote!

Thank DoctorVonCueBall
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A great example of where local money goes, and should go. A truly great library. Has quite a lot to offer ... more than you'd expect

Thank scoobWis
Sanibel Island, Florida
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Voted Florida´s best library. No only book but also games, puzzles, and cooking equipment. Very good children’s department

Thank mary271
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is a superb community resource -- wonderful books, but also several special exhibits. We saw a lovely flower show, a great collection of beer drafts. The library offers creative lending of recipes and pots/pans for special dishes that require cook ware we no longer have room to store. And. . they sell beautiful canvas totes! A must stop.

Thank Jane5182014
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

We visited Sanibel for a month and found the library a terrific resource. From the outstanding shell exhibit in the entrance lobby to the spacious interior with lots of comfortable seating and places to relax, read, or research, the library is exceptional. For a modest $10 fee, one can get a library card good for one year. We particularly enjoyed... More 

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