The Captiva Memorial Library is closing on Oct. 19 for renovations and is expected to reopen by January 2014.
Last year, the Captiva Civic Association announced an $800,000 major expansion and renovation of the Captiva Community Center and Captiva Memorial Library, adding 1,200 square feet to the existing building at 11550 Chapin Lane.
The renovation project will increase the size of the meeting hall by 50 percent, expand and renovate the library, enlarge kitchen and bathroom facilities, include the installation of a covered veranda, and other improvements to the building.
Once the library opens, it will offer a larger reading area, more efficient work room area, and will be linked to a new Captiva History Museum overseen by the Captiva Historical Society.
"When we are all done they will have a very nice, museum-quality exhibit of Captiva history," said Paul Garvey, executive director of the Captiva Civic Association.
The local library, first opened by the civic association in 1936, moved to the Community Center in 1961. The civic association later partnered with the Lee County Library System in 1964 and expanded the Community Center to accommodate the library in 1968.
Improvements are also being made the cottage behind the library that houses one of the island's two resident deputies.
During renovation the outside book return will remain open. Materials may also be returned to any Lee County Library System location. While the Captiva branch is closed, visit other branches in the library system. More information can be found at the Lee County Library System website at leelibrary.net or call 479-4636.
The City of Sanibel Public Library also serves newcomers and regulars alike. For information on their hours, services, and requirements to be eligible for a Sanibel Public Library card, call 472-2483 or visit the Sanibel Library website at sanlib.org.
For more information on the project or the Captiva Civic Association, visit ccacaptiva.org.