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1001 Sebastian Boulevard
Sebastian FL 32958
27.7782     -80.4975

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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.
We accept book donations.
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   DVD players   CD players   projectors (slide, transparency and opaque, overhead)   TV monitors  

Library Card
For residents of Indian River County, it's free. For others, it's $10 for 3 months, $20 for 6 months, and $30 for a year. Non-Resident computer use cards are $5/yr. 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 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 - 25 ¢ /day
Audio-Visual Materials - 50 ¢ /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. Usage is $60 or $120 for commercial use. Our conference room seats 10. Usage is $30 or $60 for commercial use. Three typing/study rooms seat four each. Contact Sandy Bachmann at 589-1355 to use the meeting or conference room.

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

Our Staff

Youth Services
Coordinator: Patti   / Joann / Carol / Sandy
Supervisor: Sandy   / Jessica / Penny / Linda / Rebecca / Susan
Supervisor: Kathleen   / Debbie / Amanda
Technical Services
Cheryl / Veronica
Personal Computing
Daniel Clark

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!


For your GPS - our coordinates are:
27.7782 (North)
-80.4975 (West)