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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

Acoustic Guitar Group
Acoustic guitar for beginners and intermediate. Every Wednesday. Improve your playing skills in a friendly and informal setting. Tuition free, small donation towards room costs welcome. For more information call: 01271 318780.
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Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Description: Acoustic guitar for beginners and intermediate. Every Wednesday. Improve your playing skills in a friendly and informal setting. Tuition free, small donation towards room costs welcome. For more information call: 01271 318780.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Art Exhibition - Ivan Pollard & Bill Bromfield
Enjoy this free exhibition of watercolours & acrylics & meet the artists Ivan Pollard & Bill Bromfield in the foyer. Runs 23 - 25 June
Date: 23 June 2022
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Description: Enjoy this free exhibition of watercolours & acrylics & meet the artists Ivan Pollard & Bill Bromfield in the foyer. Runs 23 - 25 June
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Audio Book Group at Barnstaple Library
For anyone who likes to listen to audio books. An informal group to chat about the books you've enjoyed. First Thursday of the month.
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Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: For anyone who likes to listen to audio books. An informal group to chat about the books you've enjoyed. First Thursday of the month.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Baby Self-Weigh Station
Weigh your baby in a screened area of the children's library with scales funded by Public Health. Find out what else the library can offer your growing family. Please contact your Health Visitor if you have concerns around any aspect of your baby’s growth or feeding. Every Thursday
Date:
Time: 9:30 - 12:00
Description: Weigh your baby in a screened area of the children's library with scales funded by Public Health. Find out what else the library can offer your growing family. Please contact your Health Visitor if you have concerns around any aspect of your baby’s growth or feeding. Every Thursday
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Barnstaple Library Group
Barnstaple Library Group in partnership with Age Concern. Come and catch up with friends over a cuppa and listen to interesting and entertaining talks. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Call 01271 318780 for more information
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Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: Barnstaple Library Group in partnership with Age Concern. Come and catch up with friends over a cuppa and listen to interesting and entertaining talks. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Call 01271 318780 for more information
Audience: Senior
Cost: Free
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Becoming a Children's Author: A Beginner's Guide to getting Published
Becoming a Children's Author: A beginner's Guide to getting Published. Would you like to try your hand at writing a children's chapter book? Don't know where to start? Claire Barker is the author of two award-winning children's series Knitbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack. In this session she will demystify the process of writing a good story and getting it onto the bookshelves. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/becoming-a-childrens-author-a-beginners-guide-to-getting-published-tickets-361702099717
Date: 07 July 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Becoming a Children's Author: A beginner's Guide to getting Published. Would you like to try your hand at writing a children's chapter book? Don't know where to start? Claire Barker is the author of two award-winning children's series Knitbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack. In this session she will demystify the process of writing a good story and getting it onto the bookshelves. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/becoming-a-childrens-author-a-beginners-guide-to-getting-published-tickets-361702099717
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Big Junk Modelling Day
Drop in to create some models from junk. This event will take place in our large room at the top of the building, so plenty of space to think big with your creations.
Date: 29 July 2022
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Description: Drop in to create some models from junk. This event will take place in our large room at the top of the building, so plenty of space to think big with your creations.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Board Game Café at Barnstaple Library
A weekly informal, drop in session for adults who are board game fans. Bring your own favourite game or choose from our selection as you enjoy a hot drink. Every Wednesday. Donations welcomed to cover costs.
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Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: A weekly informal, drop in session for adults who are board game fans. Bring your own favourite game or choose from our selection as you enjoy a hot drink. Every Wednesday. Donations welcomed to cover costs.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Bounce & Rhyme in the Morning
Bounce & Rhyme is back at Barnstaple Library! A fun session for little ones with their grown ups to learn and enjoy some rhymes old and new! Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in term time. We are starting with bookable sessions so please give us a ring on 01271 318782 to secure your place!
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Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Bounce & Rhyme is back at Barnstaple Library! A fun session for little ones with their grown ups to learn and enjoy some rhymes old and new! Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in term time. We are starting with bookable sessions so please give us a ring on 01271 318782 to secure your place!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Bounce and Rhyme in the Afternoon
Bounce & Rhyme is back at Barnstaple Library! A fun session for little ones with their grown ups to learn and enjoy some rhymes old and new! Every Monday in term time. We are starting with bookable sessions so please give us a ring on 01271 31872 to secure your place!
Date:
Time: 14:00 - 14:30
Description: Bounce & Rhyme is back at Barnstaple Library! A fun session for little ones with their grown ups to learn and enjoy some rhymes old and new! Every Monday in term time. We are starting with bookable sessions so please give us a ring on 01271 31872 to secure your place!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Brick Ideas Motorised Lego
Design, build and test with Lego and motors in this popular and fun session. Suitable for children aged 7-11. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. £5 per child. Booking essential at the library or by phone 01271 318782
Date: 30 August 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Design, build and test with Lego and motors in this popular and fun session. Suitable for children aged 7-11. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. £5 per child. Booking essential at the library or by phone 01271 318782
Audience: Child
Cost: £5.00
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Circus Skills Workshop
Circus skills workshop for children aged 5-11 yrs with Circus Berzerkus. £3 booking essential. Bookings can be made at the library or by phone 01271 318782. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Date: 13 August 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Circus skills workshop for children aged 5-11 yrs with Circus Berzerkus. £3 booking essential. Bookings can be made at the library or by phone 01271 318782. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Audience: Child
Cost: £3.00
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Come in and Colour
Come in and Colour at Barnstaple Library. If you have a few minutes to spare or a bit longer why not try colouring our beautiful designs. Bring a friend or meet new people. 9am - 6pm every Friday.
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Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: Come in and Colour at Barnstaple Library. If you have a few minutes to spare or a bit longer why not try colouring our beautiful designs. Bring a friend or meet new people. 9am - 6pm every Friday.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Digital Assist at Barnstaple Library
Need a bit of help with computers and other devices? Need a hand to get started with emails? Book for one of our 1-2-1 Digital Assist appointments at Barnstaple Library or just drop-in. Every Tuesday. Phone the library on 01271 318780 to book your appointment.
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Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Need a bit of help with computers and other devices? Need a hand to get started with emails? Book for one of our 1-2-1 Digital Assist appointments at Barnstaple Library or just drop-in. Every Tuesday. Phone the library on 01271 318780 to book your appointment.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Film Making with Matt Young @Barnstaple Library
In this session, Matt will take you through his journey of how producing videos has won and lost him business, but all for the right reasons! Matt will look at how easy it is to produce your own quality videos with your mobile phone, the tips and techniques behind that, and how to present to the camera too. Matt is a Radio Presenter, and a Social Media Specialist, he’s also on a mission to improve Men’s Mental Health through better communication. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-making-with-matt-young-barnstaple-library-tickets-349451307267
Date: 19 July 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: In this session, Matt will take you through his journey of how producing videos has won and lost him business, but all for the right reasons! Matt will look at how easy it is to produce your own quality videos with your mobile phone, the tips and techniques behind that, and how to present to the camera too. Matt is a Radio Presenter, and a Social Media Specialist, he’s also on a mission to improve Men’s Mental Health through better communication. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-making-with-matt-young-barnstaple-library-tickets-349451307267
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Health Information Week
Health Information, groups & activities in the foyer of the library in collaboration with North Devon District Hospital Library. More details to follow.
Date: 04 July 2022
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: Health Information, groups & activities in the foyer of the library in collaboration with North Devon District Hospital Library. More details to follow.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Knit and Mix at Barnstaple Library
Come and join in our informal, drop in Knit and Mix group at Barnstaple Library. For knitting and crochet crafters who enjoy a chat with a hot drink. Every Thursday. Donations welcomed to help cover costs. Bring your own materials.
Date:
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Come and join in our informal, drop in Knit and Mix group at Barnstaple Library. For knitting and crochet crafters who enjoy a chat with a hot drink. Every Thursday. Donations welcomed to help cover costs. Bring your own materials.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Let's Draw Some Robots
Fun and FREE drawing workshop for 8+yrs. Booking essential as places are limited. To book call 01271 318782
Date: 26 August 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: Fun and FREE drawing workshop for 8+yrs. Booking essential as places are limited. To book call 01271 318782
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Library Lego Builders at Barnstaple Library
Lego Club is back at Barnstaple Library! Join us in the children's library for some Lego fun for families on a Saturday afternoon! Your imagination is the limit! Not suitable for young children due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Date:
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Lego Club is back at Barnstaple Library! Join us in the children's library for some Lego fun for families on a Saturday afternoon! Your imagination is the limit! Not suitable for young children due to small parts. Under 8s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Poetry Corner at Barnstaple Library
A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting. Enquire at the library for more details. 01271 318780 barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Date: 18 June 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting. Enquire at the library for more details. 01271 318780 barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Email: Barnstaple Library
Tel: 01271 318780

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