Cool Off in the Sanibel Public Library During Your Trip

Suppose you’re planning a vacation and are searching for things to do on Sanibel Island. In that case, you’re probably looking into the best beaches, museums, shops, and Sanibel Island restaurants to visit. However, you probably also want to find some activities that aren’t going to break the bank. Whether you’re on vacation or in your hometown, one of the best places to visit is the local library! 

Libraries are about so much more than books these days, making them the perfect destination to bring your family without spending an arm and a leg. Thankfully, the Sanibel Public Library offers all kinds of exhibits and programs for guests of all ages, welcoming locals and visitors alike to participate. Here’s everything you’ll need to know before you visit!

About the Library

The Sanibel Island Public Library is an incredible resource for guests of all ages to take advantage of and is one of the most popular places to be on the island. This attraction has even won a 2020 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” award from TripAdvisor! You’re welcome to come in and get a break from the heat outside, check out the incredible exhibits that the library has to offer, or participate in one of the exciting programs that they hold throughout the year. No matter what season you choose to visit, the library provides all kinds of fascinating things to explore.

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You’ll find the library at 770 Dunlop Road. They are open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. On Monday and Thursday, they close at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, they close at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they close at 1 p.m. If you do want to check out books to enjoy while you relax in your condo or on the beach, visitors to Sanibel Island can get a library card for just $10! 


When you visit the library, you’ll get to see the newly renovated facilities that have genuinely impressed the local community. The “Your Library Reimagined” project was a huge endeavor that updated some aspects of the library dating back 25 years or more. The renovation included:

  • Installing over two miles of new ductwork.
  • Relocating over 70,000 items within the library.
  • Installing 28,000 pieces of new carpet tile and over 40 floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Adding around 1.2 miles of shelving.

Additionally, the Sanibel Public Library got to experience a significant upgrade to its technology. The facility added two brand new computer labs with blazing fast internet, built a new Archives Room where people can scan and digitize their photos, improved their WiFi, added new digital signage, and improved much of their technology behind the scenes. All of these improvements contribute to a more effective and up-to-date facility for all patrons. 

Finally, the library’s entire layout was redesigned to make the community a more efficient and fulfilling environment. The reading porch was expanded, new furniture was added to the children’s section, the Teen Space was enhanced, and the “Think Tank” MakerSpace was improved. Your kids are sure to appreciate all the hard work that went into creating this magnificent space! 



The Sanibel Public Library is not just a fun space; it’s also an educational and beautiful one! There are often rotating exhibits coming through the library to provide a new and unique experience every time you visit. Some exhibits seek to shed some light on the fascinating local history. Other times, there are beautiful pieces of artwork on display, showcasing the talents of the most dedicated and passionate local artists! 

For instance, in spring 2021, local artist Jim Storer had nearly two dozen pieces of his art shown off at the library. This breathtaking exhibit featured some incredible watercolor and acrylic paintings, offering a unique viewpoint on the area’s natural beauty. When you visit the Sanibel Public Library, you never know what kind of exciting exhibits are going to be waiting for you! 

Children’s Programs

If you’re searching for something fun, safe, and free for your kids to do while you’re in town, the library is the perfect place to go! This facility has an expansive children’s collection. Their children’s section always has fun events and programs that your kids can participate in, whether they’re tots or teens.

For babies and young kids, storytime is a great way to keep them engaged and learning while you’re on vacation. The library holds several of these events geared at different age groups. The librarians are great at bringing the stories to life and getting everyone involved! This activity can also be a great way to bond with your younger kids.

Plan Your Next Stay

When you stay in one of our Sanibel Island rentals, you’ll have an incredible location near the Sanibel Public Library and tons of other fun attractions including shops, restaurants, museums, Sanibel Island beaches, and more.

The library offers an After School Crew program for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade in the afternoons. This event is excellent for keeping your kids occupied in a cool space after a long morning in the heat. They’ll get to interact with other kids around their age while they build a fun craft and enjoy a delicious snack. 

Finally, kids also get to take advantage of all the incredible technology offered at the Sanibel Public Library. The teen computer lab is ideal for your teenager who likes to play games online. You’ll also find early literacy computers for your little ones who are just learning how to read. Throughout the library, there’s a fantastic technology to help your kids learn, grow, and have fun all at the same time! 

Stay in a Sanibel Island Condo

Suppose you’re searching for Sanibel Island condo rentals that will put you close to the library. In that case, Sandalfoot Condos is an excellent option. Our condos are just a 9-minute drive or a 19-minute bike ride away from the library! Suppose you’re thinking about looking into Sanibel Island bike rentals while you’re in town to help you stay active. In that case, the library will be easily accessible to you.

Starting from Sandalfoot Condos, head northwest toward East Gulf Drive, then turn left onto East Gulf Drive. After half a mile, turn right onto Lindgren Boulevard, then turn left onto Periwinkle Way after another half mile. Travel on this road for 2.2 miles before turning right onto Dunlop Road. Turn right again after 0.2 miles, and you’ll find yourself at the library!

At the end of a long day of sightseeing, you’ll have a relaxing and welcoming condo to return to. Within your Sanibel Island condo, you’ll find a whole host of convenient amenities, including fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer facilities, flat-screen TVs, high-speed wireless internet, breathtaking views of the water, and more. With a fantastic location, luxurious amenities, and a customer service department that will stop at nothing to serve you, what more could you ask for? If you’re ready to make your dreams of a Sanibel Island vacation come true, contact us today to get started! 



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