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***PHASED REOPENING OF LIBRARIES***

We are planning a phased reopening of our libraries from w/c 6th July. Find out more by following this link - Phased reopening of Devon Libraries.

During the period of lockdown - No fines were applied, and any items on loan were extended to 31st August. As libraries reopen, we will revert to our normal terms and conditions for fines and fees.

 

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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 Barnstaple Library Events

Scrabble Saturday 2

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group, everyone welcome
Date: 28 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:

Barnstaple Work Club

Available by booking only, please contact the Library for details of how to book an appointment. Tel 01271 318780. Numbers will be very limited for social distancing. Free, friendly, independent drop in service. Job search, support with CVs and job applications> IT courses, support and email account set up.
Date: 22 September 2020
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Description: Available by booking only, please contact the Library for details of how to book an appointment. Tel 01271 318780. Numbers will be very limited for social distancing. Free, friendly, independent drop in service. Job search, support with CVs and job applications> IT courses, support and email account set up.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme Online

We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. Let's all have some silly summer fun! https://www.facebook.com/pg/BarnstapleLibrary
Date: 22 September 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. Let's all have some silly summer fun! https://www.facebook.com/pg/BarnstapleLibrary
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Raspberry Pi Jam Group

Are you missing our regular Raspberry Pi Jams? Join our Facebook group and share some of your ideas and projects. Find it here: https://bit.ly/3aF5dFO copy and paste the link.
Date: 22 September 2020
Time: 13:30 - 14:00
Description: Are you missing our regular Raspberry Pi Jams? Join our Facebook group and share some of your ideas and projects. Find it here: https://bit.ly/3aF5dFO copy and paste the link.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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: 23 September 2020
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:

Bounce and Rhyme Online

We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. Let's all have some silly summer fun!
Date: 24 September 2020
Time: 11:30 - 11:30
Description: We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. Let's all have some silly summer fun!
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Boogie Books

Boogie Books is back for a run of 5 sessions. Helen has changed the format of the sessions to ensure they are run in the safest way possible. The cost is £1 per session and the block of 5 must be booked and paid for in advance. This can be done at the library, please bring the correct money to minimise cash-handling. Places are limited. Please note that to further ensure safety we request that parents and children do not attend a session if they have any symptoms of Coronavirus, that hands are sanitized on entry to Boogie Books sessions and, in line with guidelines, adults will need to wear face coverings throughout sessions. Please note: the sessions will take place on the third floor of the building, accessible by stairs or lift. Due to current restrictions the lift can only be used by one person or family at a time, please ensure you arrive early enough to allow for the time it will take to access the room.
Date: 28 September 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Boogie Books is back for a run of 5 sessions. Helen has changed the format of the sessions to ensure they are run in the safest way possible. The cost is £1 per session and the block of 5 must be booked and paid for in advance. This can be done at the library, please bring the correct money to minimise cash-handling. Places are limited. Please note that to further ensure safety we request that parents and children do not attend a session if they have any symptoms of Coronavirus, that hands are sanitized on entry to Boogie Books sessions and, in line with guidelines, adults will need to wear face coverings throughout sessions. Please note: the sessions will take place on the third floor of the building, accessible by stairs or lift. Due to current restrictions the lift can only be used by one person or family at a time, please ensure you arrive early enough to allow for the time it will take to access the room.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Lloyds Bank Digital KnowHow: Facebook & Instagram

Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with Business & IP Centre Devon, Libraries Unlimited, North Devon Council and Heart of South West Digital Skills Partnership are proud to host an event centred on driving digital excellence and improving the skills of businesses and charities across the UK. Experts from our partners at Spin & Sway will enable people like you to develop the confidence and skills you need to thrive in today's digital economy. Attendees can learn the tips and tricks from industry leaders on how to grow your audience using Facebook and Instagram advertising. This FREE workshop is a great introduction for small organisations to social media, advertising and campaigns. What we will cover: Facebook Ads and using Ads Manager How to set up simple but effective ads for a targeted audience Tracking the performance of your ads This is an interactive workshop so please bring along your tablets and laptops and look to grow your digital skills. Book here: https://bit.ly/2OjivPR or for more details please contact alisonledson@halifax.co.uk
Date: 08 October 2020
Time: 9:00 - 12:30
Description: Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with Business & IP Centre Devon, Libraries Unlimited, North Devon Council and Heart of South West Digital Skills Partnership are proud to host an event centred on driving digital excellence and improving the skills of businesses and charities across the UK. Experts from our partners at Spin & Sway will enable people like you to develop the confidence and skills you need to thrive in today's digital economy. Attendees can learn the tips and tricks from industry leaders on how to grow your audience using Facebook and Instagram advertising. This FREE workshop is a great introduction for small organisations to social media, advertising and campaigns. What we will cover: Facebook Ads and using Ads Manager How to set up simple but effective ads for a targeted audience Tracking the performance of your ads This is an interactive workshop so please bring along your tablets and laptops and look to grow your digital skills. Book here: https://bit.ly/2OjivPR or for more details please contact alisonledson@halifax.co.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Scrabble Saturday 1

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time.  A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Date: 14 November 2020
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time.  A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Mindfulness

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Our taster in January was so popular that we are offering weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Sue Keane from The Boost. Bring focus and clarity to your life and improve your sense of well-being. £4 per session. Payable at time of booking. Please book at the library.
Date: 17 November 2020
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Our taster in January was so popular that we are offering weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Sue Keane from The Boost. Bring focus and clarity to your life and improve your sense of well-being. £4 per session. Payable at time of booking. Please book at the library.
Audience: All
Cost: £4.00
Theme:

Around the world Storytelling

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Stories and crafts from around the world.Travelling without leaving Devon.
Date: 19 November 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Stories and crafts from around the world.Travelling without leaving Devon.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

BFGs Coffee Morning

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Barnstaple Friends Group are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for future events at the library. Coffee tea and soft drinks available, along with cakes and biscuits. Take a little time out from Saturday’s hectic routine.
Date: 21 November 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Barnstaple Friends Group are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for future events at the library. Coffee tea and soft drinks available, along with cakes and biscuits. Take a little time out from Saturday’s hectic routine.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Children’s Drop in Crafts Saturday

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Date: 21 November 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

Writing Group: Writing for Children

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. If you write for children come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information.
Date: 21 November 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. If you write for children come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Board Game Cafe

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Bring a friend or make new ones at this informal, friendly, free, drop in session for board game enthusiasts. Bring your own favourite game or choose from our selection as you enjoy a hot drink. No need to book, just drop by! Library Foyer.
Date: 24 November 2020
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Bring a friend or make new ones at this informal, friendly, free, drop in session for board game enthusiasts. Bring your own favourite game or choose from our selection as you enjoy a hot drink. No need to book, just drop by! Library Foyer.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce & Rhyme Wednesday

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Colouring and Coffee

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Colouring for grown-ups. A friendly group and a nice way to relax for a couple of hours. Tea and coffee for a small donation. All materials supplied.
Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Colouring for grown-ups. A friendly group and a nice way to relax for a couple of hours. Tea and coffee for a small donation. All materials supplied.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Computer Assistance

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Free assistance with technology for those needing extra help. One to One sessions. To book please call 01271 318780 or come in to the library.
Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Free assistance with technology for those needing extra help. One to One sessions. To book please call 01271 318780 or come in to the library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Wednesday Wanderers

Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Are you aged 55 and over? Want to enjoy the outdoors more? Want to be a bit more active? Join us for a friendly walk exploring the walking routes around Barnstaple and over the 12 weeks maybe make some new friends too. Please share with friends and family! Programme funded by Connecting Actively to Nature with Active Devon. Suggested donation of £2 per session to help cover costs. To find out more and book your place via barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or on 01271 318780 or in person at the library.
Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check back nearer the time. Are you aged 55 and over? Want to enjoy the outdoors more? Want to be a bit more active? Join us for a friendly walk exploring the walking routes around Barnstaple and over the 12 weeks maybe make some new friends too. Please share with friends and family! Programme funded by Connecting Actively to Nature with Active Devon. Suggested donation of £2 per session to help cover costs. To find out more and book your place via barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or on 01271 318780 or in person at the library.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme:

Toddler Time

Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 26 November 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

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Temporary opening hours

Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

 

Opening hours:

Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00


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Contact us:

Jude Jeal

Email: Barnstaple Library
Tel: 01271 318780

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Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1EL

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