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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 22 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

Art Trek: Art for Leisure and Pleasure

ALP is a Barnstaple, community based art group with people from all walks of life, varying ages and varying artistic talents. They are exhibiting in the Library as part of North Devon Art Trek open studios event. Please note the exhibition is open during library opening hours which can be found on the Barnstaple Library page of this site under the Our Libraries tab. The exhibition runs until the 28th September. More details about the group available on the Art Trek site or in their brochure.
Date: 13 September 2019
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: ALP is a Barnstaple, community based art group with people from all walks of life, varying ages and varying artistic talents. They are exhibiting in the Library as part of North Devon Art Trek open studios event. Please note the exhibition is open during library opening hours which can be found on the Barnstaple Library page of this site under the Our Libraries tab. The exhibition runs until the 28th September. More details about the group available on the Art Trek site or in their brochure.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Knit and Mix

Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 16 September 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Board Game Cafe

New weekly Board Game Café group. Bring a friend or make new ones at this informal, friendly, free, drop in session for board game enthusiasts. Bring your own favorite game or choose from our selection as you enjoy a hot drink. No need to book, just drop by! Library Foyer.
Date: 17 September 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: New weekly Board Game Café group. Bring a friend or make new ones at this informal, friendly, free, drop in session for board game enthusiasts. Bring your own favorite 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 and Rhyme

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 18 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: 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

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: 18 September 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: 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
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Computer Assistance

Do you need a bit of a hand with computing? Don’t know where to start or want to improve your skills? Every Wednesday our volunteers give 1-2-1 help with computing-Contact the library on 01271 318780 or drop by the library to book your place.
Date: 18 September 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Do you need a bit of a hand with computing? Don’t know where to start or want to improve your skills? Every Wednesday our volunteers give 1-2-1 help with computing-Contact the library on 01271 318780 or drop by the library to book your place.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Toddler Time

Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 19 September 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 20 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

BFGs Coffee Morning

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. Very reasonable prices.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: 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. Very reasonable prices.
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:

Children’s Drop in Crafts Saturday

Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:

Library Lego Builders

Build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Writing Group: Writing for Children

If you write for children come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: 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:

Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Date: 23 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

North Devon Literacy Hub

A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Date: 28 September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Scrabble Saturday 2

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Date: 28 September 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Interactive Bear Hunt and Story Sessions

Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Date: 03 October 2019
Time: 12:00 - 12:45
Description: Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Interactive Bear Hunt and Story Sessions

Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Date: 03 October 2019
Time: 10:00 - 10:45
Description: Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Interactive Bear Hunt and Story Sessions

Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Date: 03 October 2019
Time: 11:00 - 11:45
Description: Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Interactive Bear Hunt and Story Sessions

Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Date: 03 October 2019
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Description: Celebrating 30 years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? £1 per child (includes draw entry for a book token) Booking and wellies essential! Call in to Barnstaple Library to book your place. (4 different sessions see other entries)
Audience: Child
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Fun Palace a nationwide yearly celebration of community and culture.

We have lots of exciting events throughout the session. Vintage Beadery & FabLab 10.00-12.00 In FabLab-First Floor ALP-Art for Leisure & Pleasure group 10.00-12.00 First Floor outside the FabLab Bellydancing with Rosanna 11.00-12.00 Foyer Robot Drawing with HOSHiKO 11.00-13.00 Children’s Library Qi Gong with Rosanna 12.00-13.00 Foyer Latin introduction with Georgie-Rae 13.00-14.00 Children’s Library So much fun and learning. Pick up a flyer from the library for more details.
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Description: We have lots of exciting events throughout the session. Vintage Beadery & FabLab 10.00-12.00 In FabLab-First Floor ALP-Art for Leisure & Pleasure group 10.00-12.00 First Floor outside the FabLab Bellydancing with Rosanna 11.00-12.00 Foyer Robot Drawing with HOSHiKO 11.00-13.00 Children’s Library Qi Gong with Rosanna 12.00-13.00 Foyer Latin introduction with Georgie-Rae 13.00-14.00 Children’s Library So much fun and learning. Pick up a flyer from the library for more details.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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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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