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North IRC Library

1001 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian FL 32958
Phone: 772-589-1355
Fax: 772-388-3697

Mon-Wed: 10am-8pm
Thu-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-4pm

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address   1001 Sebastian Boulevard   Sebastian FL 32958
phone   772-589-1355  
fax   772-388-3697
Send Us a Message Online

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday - Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Our Collection
Over 130,000 fiction and nonfiction books, many in large print and paperback.
DVDs and videotapes, music CDs, books on CD and tape, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels.

Online internet PCs   word processing PCs   CDRW PCs   library catalog terminals   copiers   fax   typewriters   VCRs   DVD players   CD players   projectors (slide, transparency and opaque, overhead, filmstrip, 16mm)   TV monitors  

Library Card
For residents of Indian River County, it's free. For others, it's $20 a year. (Internet-only cards are free for everyone.) Children of any age are eligible. Persons under 18 years of age must get a parent or guardian's signature. Proof of residency is limited to a government or school-issued ID or record of property ownership showing an Indian River County address. A rental lease for six months or more is acceptable. You may use any other Indian River County Library card here.

Borrowing: How Long?
Circulating Books - two weeks
Audio-Visual Materials - one week
Audio-Visual Equipment - 24 hours, 48 hours on Saturday

Borrowing: How Many?
Circulating Books - 20 per borrower's card - which may include:
Books on Same Subject - five per borrower's card
"New Books" - five per borrower's card

in addition to books,
Audio-Visual Materials - three per borrower's card

You may renew items either in person, or on the website catalog, or by phone - up to 5 times - as long as they are not on reserve for another patron.

Late Fees
Circulating books - 10 ¢ /day
Audio-Visual Materials - 25 ¢ /day
Audio-Visual Equipment - $10 /day
Overdue fines will not exceed $5 per item or the cost of the item, whichever is less.

Public Meeting Rooms
Our meeting room seats 200. Our conference room seats 10. Two typing/study rooms seat four. Contact Sandy Bachmann at 589-1355 to use the meeting and conference rooms.

Installing Programs on PCs
We don't allow any changes to system settings.

Our Staff

Library Director
Lynn Walsh
Youth Services
Coordinator: Mrs. W   / Joann / Marlene
Supervisor: Sandy   / Jessica / Penny
Supervisor: Kathleen   / Debbie / Amanda
Technical Services
Supervisor: Anne   / Cheryl / Veronica
Personal Computing


How To Find the Library

The south side of Sebastian
Boulevard, next to Walgreen's.

Our address is 1001 Sebastian Boulevard (C.R. 512), in Sebastian. We're about midway between I-95, which is three miles to the west of us, and US 1, two and a half miles east.

We're next to the shopping center at the intersection of Sebastian Boulevard and Roseland Road.

A mile to the west are Sebastian River High School, Sebastian River Middle School, and Wabasso Road (C.R. 510).

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About Our Library

The County Library in Sebastian

Around 1910,
Bamma Vickers Lawson decided to make her house our area's first (unofficial) library. She loaned out the books from her living room shelves to local residents. Children would read books on the front porch - while Bamma served them cookies and lemonade.

After that folksy beginning, the need to read sparked a few more projects. One or two church groups sponsored lending libraries. When the Vero Beach library got going, for many years they sent a Bookmobile around the county - a popular feature.

Then, in the early 1980s, the next local effort got under way. The Sebastian Jr. Woman's Club took up the cause. They raised funds with yard sales and fishing tournaments. The County Commissioners gave additional funding. Supporters donated books.

On May 10, 1983, the Sebastian Area County Library, a privately owned enterprise governed by the newly formed Sebastian River Library Association, opened its doors. The staff consisted of over 40 volunteers and one paid employee, Library Director Lynn Walsh.

The Library's collection and programs expanded rapidly. A bigger building and more funds were needed. In 1986 the County agreed to help if the Library would become part of the County government. A new entity, the Indian River County Library System, was set up, with the Vero Beach facility as the main branch of the two-library system.

Four years later the dream of a fully-equipped library building came true. The newly constructed North Indian River County Library had its grand opening in November, 1990. Additions completed in 2002 brought the building to its present size of 25,000 square feet.

Bamma Lawson had one thing we lack: cookies and lemonade. But we're working on it!


Friends of the Library

Meetings in 2011:
Monday, May 4th, 11:00 am
Tuesday, September 14th, 11:00 am

The Friends play an important part in enhancing and maintaining a vital library for our area. The group honors the Library Volunteers with an annual luncheon.

We buy books, videos, audio books, computers, book repair equipment, and other materials for the library. We sponsor the Children's Programs and the Film Series.

Members advocate library interests to citizens and officials in the local, state, and national communities. They deliver library items to homebound residents.

Become a member.
It's only $15 for an individual and $20 for a family membership.

Mary Lou Rothfuss, President
Florence Clowes, Vice President
Sandy Bachmann, Recording Secretary
Jane Craw, Corresponding Secretary
Al Rothfuss, Treasurer

Friends of the North Indian River County Library
PO Box 781313   Sebastian FL 32978   (772) 589-1355


Sebastian River Area History

Two gals and two guys, ~1910

Pictures of the Past
Chosen from the archives of Rodney Kroegel and others, these photographs give us a glimpse of life in the "good old days" from the 1890s through the 1920s.

Area Historical Studies
Scholars and local history buffs have written these well - documented accounts of our past.

The George Keyes Collection
Keyes has gathered hundreds of texts, news articles, and personal accounts covering prehistory to the 1990s.

Sebastian Sun Articles
We're going to be building this collection for a long time. So far we've got 1983, 1984, 1997, 1998.


Local and Government Web Sites

Our Cities

City of Sebastian

City of Fellsmere

Town of Orchid

City of Vero Beach

Indian River Shores

Sebastian Police Department

Our County

Indian River County Government

Indian River County Libraries

Indian River County Schools

Indian River County Sheriff

Our State

Representative Stan Mayfield

Senator Ken Pruitt

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Our Country

Representative Dave Weldon

Senator Mel Martinez

Senator Bill Nelson

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Our World

United Nations


Nonprofit Organizations

Brevard Zoo

By the River

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Cultural Council of Indian River County

Environmental Learning Center

Indian River Homeschoolers

Kashi Ashram

Riverside Theatre

Sebastian Area Chamber of Commerce

Sebastian Boys and Girls Club

Sebastian River Art Club

Sebastian Soccer

Vero Beach Art Museum

Vero Beach Computer Group


Local Businesses

Captain Hiram's

Jobs - Local Newspaper Classifieds

Mel Fisher's Treasure Site

Sebastian Sun

Smart Talent

Skydive Sebastian


Sebastian's latitude and longitude are
27 degrees 49 minutes North
80 degrees 28 minutes West