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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

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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Board game cafe 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.
Date:
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 at Barnstaple Library
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 31870 to secure your place!
Date:
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 31870 to secure your place!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Colouring & Coffee at Barnstaple Library
Our Colouring & Coffee group is back! Our friendly informal group meets once a week on the ground floor of the library for some mindful colouring, a cuppa and chat! This groups is aimed at adults. Materials provided but you can bring your own if you prefer. Donations welcomed to help cover costs. No need to book, just drop by. Every Monday.
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Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Our Colouring & Coffee group is back! Our friendly informal group meets once a week on the ground floor of the library for some mindful colouring, a cuppa and chat! This groups is aimed at adults. Materials provided but you can bring your own if you prefer. Donations welcomed to help cover costs. No need to book, just drop by. Every Monday.
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. Every Tuesday. Phone the library on 01271 318780 to book your appointment.
Date:
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. Every Tuesday. Phone the library on 01271 318780 to book your appointment.
Audience: Adult
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 Halloween
Come along & draw some Halloween favourites or make up some new ones. Free drop-in and suitable for all ages.
Date: 29 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Come along & draw some Halloween favourites or make up some new ones. Free drop-in and suitable for all ages.
Audience: All
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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Michael Morpurgo Petroc Official
Award-winning author Michael Morpurgo will be talking about his latest books at The Stanbury Hall, Petroc. Pre-signed copies of Michael's books will be available to purchase on the day. Please note: Michael is unable to sign books at the event. Tickets previously booked for the postponed event in 2020 will be valid (unless you have received a refund). Photo credit: Phil Crow Tickets £6.50 per person, book here: https://bit.ly/3tOyKrH
Date: 13 November 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: Award-winning author Michael Morpurgo will be talking about his latest books at The Stanbury Hall, Petroc. Pre-signed copies of Michael's books will be available to purchase on the day. Please note: Michael is unable to sign books at the event. Tickets previously booked for the postponed event in 2020 will be valid (unless you have received a refund). Photo credit: Phil Crow Tickets £6.50 per person, book here: https://bit.ly/3tOyKrH
Audience: All
Cost: £6.50
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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: 23 October 2021
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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Raspberry Pi Jam at Barnstaple Library
We are a friendly bunch of Raspberry Pi enthusiasts who meet once a month to share ideas. All ages and abilities welcome. Bring your Pi if you have one but don't worry if you don't. We have some to share. First or second Saturday of the month.
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Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: We are a friendly bunch of Raspberry Pi enthusiasts who meet once a month to share ideas. All ages and abilities welcome. Bring your Pi if you have one but don't worry if you don't. We have some to share. First or second Saturday of the month.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Scrabble Saturdays at Barnstaple Library
A Scrabble club on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month for players of all levels. Donations welcomed
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Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble club on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month for players of all levels. Donations welcomed
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Sing-a-Long-a-Library at Barnstaple Library
For anyone who wants to sing for fun, we're not a choir so don't worry about being a good singer, just come along for a good sing song and a cuppa. Second Tuesday of the month.
Date:
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: For anyone who wants to sing for fun, we're not a choir so don't worry about being a good singer, just come along for a good sing song and a cuppa. Second Tuesday of the month.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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The Ideas Gang - Creative Writing Group at Barnstaple Library
The Ideas Gang meets on the first Saturday of the month. Members of the group take it in turns to lead the group, giving a wide variety of writing experiences. Different forms and genres are covered and plenty of time is given for writing practice in the session.
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Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Description: The Ideas Gang meets on the first Saturday of the month. Members of the group take it in turns to lead the group, giving a wide variety of writing experiences. Different forms and genres are covered and plenty of time is given for writing practice in the session.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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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
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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
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Wednesday Wanderers at Barnstaple Library
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:
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
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Work Club at Barnstaple Library
Need a hand polishing up your CV? Online forms baffling you? Want some tips for job searching? Then Work Club can help you! 1-2-1 support with CVs, job searching & job applications and much more. Every Tuesday. Contact Iain on 07377557916 or email iain.harris@librariesunlimited.org.uk for more information and to book.
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Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Description: Need a hand polishing up your CV? Online forms baffling you? Want some tips for job searching? Then Work Club can help you! 1-2-1 support with CVs, job searching & job applications and much more. Every Tuesday. Contact Iain on 07377557916 or email iain.harris@librariesunlimited.org.uk for more information and to book.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Writing for Children - Creative Writing Group at Barnstaple Library
Come along to this monthly Writing for Children group where the group supports each other's writing for children and shares information and experiences of writing. The group meets the 3rd Saturday of the month.
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Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Come along to this monthly Writing for Children group where the group supports each other's writing for children and shares information and experiences of writing. The group meets the 3rd Saturday of the month.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Email: Barnstaple Library
Tel: 01271 318780

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