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Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. Services may differ per library. Learn more on our Covid-19 updates page.

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Barnstaple Library is a busy and vibrant space, open six days a week. The Library boasts a large selection of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs and there is a reserve stack of approximately 28,000 items which are available on request.

On the First Floor of the library there are 16 computers which are free to use for up to 2 hours a day with printing and copying facilities. Barnstaple Library also houses a large collection of Local and Family History records for the area working with South West Heritage Trust and the North Devon Athenaeum staff.

There is a bright and busy children's area with regular events and activities such as weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions, toddler time, craft and children's book group. For adults, the library offers regular groups including, knitting, colouring, scrabble, singing and walking groups and there are regular author events throughout the year.

On a Friday morning during term time, students from Pathfield School run a pop up café in the library, serving a selection of drinks and some delicious cakes.

Barnstaple Library has a range of high-quality meeting rooms and spaces available for hire. If you're looking for a venue or meeting room at reasonable prices, click here to find out more.

Services

Barnstaple Library Events

3D Printed Articulated Stick Insect - FabLab Barnstaple
Come along, and design a 3D stick insect with articulated body. There will be two sessions the 1st at 1pm - 2pm and the 2nd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 10+ £7.50. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163630775053
Date: 31 August 2021
Time: 13:00 - 15:30
Description: Come along, and design a 3D stick insect with articulated body. There will be two sessions the 1st at 1pm - 2pm and the 2nd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 10+ £7.50. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163630775053
Audience: Child
Cost: £7.50
Theme:
Animal Clock - FabLab Barnstaple
Come along, and create an animal or nature themed clock. We will be designing it on the laptops and having the Laser Machine cut them out before assembly. There will be two sessions the 1st at 10:30am - 12pm and the 2nd at 1:30pm - 3pm, suitable for ages 10+ £15. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629475165
Date: 19 August 2021
Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Description: Come along, and create an animal or nature themed clock. We will be designing it on the laptops and having the Laser Machine cut them out before assembly. There will be two sessions the 1st at 10:30am - 12pm and the 2nd at 1:30pm - 3pm, suitable for ages 10+ £15. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629475165
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:
Animal Shaped Cork Board - FabLab Barnstaple
Come along, and create an animal or nature themed cork board. We will be designing it on the laptops and having the Laser Machine cut them out before assembly. There will be two sessions the 1st at 12pm - 1pm and the 2nd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 6+ £12. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629140163
Date: 11 August 2021
Time: 12:00 - 15:30
Description: Come along, and create an animal or nature themed cork board. We will be designing it on the laptops and having the Laser Machine cut them out before assembly. There will be two sessions the 1st at 12pm - 1pm and the 2nd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 6+ £12. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629140163
Audience: All
Cost: £12.00
Theme:
Bug Safari with Exeter University - Online Event
To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. Later in the summer you’ll be able to do some activities with Wildflowers and learn how to protect your chips from seagulls. This week, Will Hawkes is going on a Bug Safari to find some insects. Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages each Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/events/203811688341832
Date: 04 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. Later in the summer you’ll be able to do some activities with Wildflowers and learn how to protect your chips from seagulls. This week, Will Hawkes is going on a Bug Safari to find some insects. Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages each Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/events/203811688341832
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
Drawing Tamlin session with Vicky Byron - Online Event
Join Vicky as she shows us how to draw her enchanting Dartmoor pony character Tamlin and maybe have a go yourself at drawing him. Watch Vicky sharing her picture book story Tamlin's Great Adventures in the videos section from yesterday. www.facebook.com/events/403347561103911
Date: 20 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Join Vicky as she shows us how to draw her enchanting Dartmoor pony character Tamlin and maybe have a go yourself at drawing him. Watch Vicky sharing her picture book story Tamlin's Great Adventures in the videos section from yesterday. www.facebook.com/events/403347561103911
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
How to protect your chips with Exeter University - Online Event
To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. This week, Dr Neeltje Boogert tells us about gulls and how we might be able to protect our chips! Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages! www.facebook.com/events/1008874933272464
Date: 18 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. This week, Dr Neeltje Boogert tells us about gulls and how we might be able to protect our chips! Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages! www.facebook.com/events/1008874933272464
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
Lego Play at Barnstaple Library
What can you build? Your imagination is limitless! Enjoy a fun Lego building session in the library. Suitable for all ages, parental supervision advised due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied. £1 per child. Book your place in the library when you sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Date: 12 August 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: What can you build? Your imagination is limitless! Enjoy a fun Lego building session in the library. Suitable for all ages, parental supervision advised due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied. £1 per child. Book your place in the library when you sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
Lego Play at Barnstaple Library
What can you build? Your imagination is limitless! Enjoy a fun Lego building session in the library. Suitable for all ages, parental supervision advised due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied. £1 per child. Book your place in the library when you sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Date: 24 August 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: What can you build? Your imagination is limitless! Enjoy a fun Lego building session in the library. Suitable for all ages, parental supervision advised due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied. £1 per child. Book your place in the library when you sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:
Make a Bug Hotel - Online Event
Attract more creepy crawlies to your outside space by making your very own Bug Hotel! Insects help our wildlife thrive, and so can you! This fun and eco-friendly craft can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, great fun for the family. https://www.facebook.com/events/212144977479699
Date: 05 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Attract more creepy crawlies to your outside space by making your very own Bug Hotel! Insects help our wildlife thrive, and so can you! This fun and eco-friendly craft can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, great fun for the family. https://www.facebook.com/events/212144977479699
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
Mama G Storytime
Storytime with Mama G (age guide 3-7) £5 per family of four, additional family members £1 per person. Mama G shares her ethos of inclusivity through storytelling with her usual colourful and flamboyant style. Book in the library for this event when you sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Date: 09 August 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Storytime with Mama G (age guide 3-7) £5 per family of four, additional family members £1 per person. Mama G shares her ethos of inclusivity through storytelling with her usual colourful and flamboyant style. Book in the library for this event when you sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes or contact the library on 01271 318782.
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:
Poetry Corner
This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 31 July 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
Really Wild Learning-Reptile Encounters
Really Wild Learning - reptile encounters (age guide 4-12) £3 per child An opportunity to meet, handle and find out about a variety of mini beasts, snakes, lizards etc in this exciting 2-hour workshop. Book in advance at the library when you join up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes. Booking essential either in the library or on 01271 318782
Date: 04 August 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Really Wild Learning - reptile encounters (age guide 4-12) £3 per child An opportunity to meet, handle and find out about a variety of mini beasts, snakes, lizards etc in this exciting 2-hour workshop. Book in advance at the library when you join up for the Summer Reading Challenge-Wild World Heroes. Booking essential either in the library or on 01271 318782
Audience: Child
Cost: £3.00
Theme:
Scrabble Saturday 2
A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group, everyone welcome
Date: 27 March 2020
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group, everyone welcome
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
Tamlin's Great Adventure Storytime with Vicky Byron - Online Event
Join Vicky Byron as she shares her picture book story Tamlin's Great Adventure as Tamlin explores the wide world and then realises that the best place is at home with his best friend, Ruby. https://www.facebook.com/events/542770676773045
Date: 19 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Join Vicky Byron as she shares her picture book story Tamlin's Great Adventure as Tamlin explores the wide world and then realises that the best place is at home with his best friend, Ruby. https://www.facebook.com/events/542770676773045
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:
The Lost Librarian-An Interactive Story Adventure
60 minutes, 10 books, 1 Mystery? Come and solve the mystery of The Lost Librarian, an escape room for inquisitive explorers of all ages. You are invited to solve the mystery of The Lost Librarian, a ground-breaking escape room (12+ guidance, younger audiences must be accompanied by an adult). Using interactive mechanical books, small groups need to work together to solve the clues to unlock the books on a 60-minute journey, uncovering a fantastical tale of the last known witches in the UK and the legacy that they have left behind. Running from 7th - 18th August. Four sessions available daily. Book your adventure here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-librarian-barnstaple-tickets-160560058457
Date:
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: 60 minutes, 10 books, 1 Mystery? Come and solve the mystery of The Lost Librarian, an escape room for inquisitive explorers of all ages. You are invited to solve the mystery of The Lost Librarian, a ground-breaking escape room (12+ guidance, younger audiences must be accompanied by an adult). Using interactive mechanical books, small groups need to work together to solve the clues to unlock the books on a 60-minute journey, uncovering a fantastical tale of the last known witches in the UK and the legacy that they have left behind. Running from 7th - 18th August. Four sessions available daily. Book your adventure here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-librarian-barnstaple-tickets-160560058457
Audience: All
Cost: £12.00
Theme:
Vinyl Cotton Pouches - FabLab Barnstaple
Come along, and create a vinyl design to be hot pressed onto a cotton pouch. Could be used for a variety of purposes. There will be two sessions the 1st at 11am - 12:30pm and the 2nd at 2pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 12+ £10. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163628506267
Date: 04 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Description: Come along, and create a vinyl design to be hot pressed onto a cotton pouch. Could be used for a variety of purposes. There will be two sessions the 1st at 11am - 12:30pm and the 2nd at 2pm - 3:30pm, suitable for ages 12+ £10. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163628506267
Audience: All
Cost: £10.00
Theme:
Virobug - FabLab Barnstaple
Come along and put together your own moving, vibrating insect. We will be doing a little soldering and assembly. There will be three sessions the 1st at 10am - 11am, the 2nd at 12pm - 1pm, and the 3rd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm suitable for ages 8+ £13.50. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629894419
Date: 27 August 2021
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Description: Come along and put together your own moving, vibrating insect. We will be doing a little soldering and assembly. There will be three sessions the 1st at 10am - 11am, the 2nd at 12pm - 1pm, and the 3rd at 2:30pm - 3:30pm suitable for ages 8+ £13.50. Very limited spaces so book soon to avoid disappointment. Book your place here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/163629894419
Audience: Child
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:
Virtual Wanderings Group Barnstaple Library Facebook
Virtual Wanderings group is for us all to stay connected, stay safe and stay active. Please share images of the beautiful world we live in as it comes alive during Spring whilst we are limited in our daily activity. All activity and pictures posted in this group are subject to government guidelines regarding social distancing and outdoor activity allowances. Please refer to the latest advice via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Find the group on our Facebook page by copying and pasting the link: https://bit.ly/34TV0nE
Date:
Time: 8:00 - 22:00
Description: Virtual Wanderings group is for us all to stay connected, stay safe and stay active. Please share images of the beautiful world we live in as it comes alive during Spring whilst we are limited in our daily activity. All activity and pictures posted in this group are subject to government guidelines regarding social distancing and outdoor activity allowances. Please refer to the latest advice via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Find the group on our Facebook page by copying and pasting the link: https://bit.ly/34TV0nE
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
Wednesday Wanderers
Join our friendly welcoming group aimed at over 55s every Wednesday. Enjoy a stroll around the green spaces in Barnstaple and maybe make some new friends too. Booking essential as places are limited. Please book and find out more via phone 01271 318780 or email barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or in person at the library. Please wear suitable clothing appropriate to the weather and suitable shoes for walking.
Date: 04 August 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: Join our friendly welcoming group aimed at over 55s every Wednesday. Enjoy a stroll around the green spaces in Barnstaple and maybe make some new friends too. Booking essential as places are limited. Please book and find out more via phone 01271 318780 or email barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or in person at the library. Please wear suitable clothing appropriate to the weather and suitable shoes for walking.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme:
Wonderful Wildflowers with Exeter University - Online Event
To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. Next week learn how to protect your chips from seagulls. This week, Dr Ros Shaw tells us about wildflowers, what we can do for them and some fun activities to do with them. Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages each Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/events/556513369056052
Date: 11 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, libraries across Cornwall and Devon will be sharing videos exploring nature and the environment, presented by academics from the University of Exeter. Next week learn how to protect your chips from seagulls. This week, Dr Ros Shaw tells us about wildflowers, what we can do for them and some fun activities to do with them. Keep an eye out for new videos on Devon and Torbay Libraries Facebook pages each Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/events/556513369056052
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Contact us:

Jude Jeal

Email: Barnstaple Library
Tel: 01271 318780

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