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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

Cartoon Comic Workshop

Join Private Eye's award winning cartoonist Tony Husband to discover and create your very own comic strip. Your contribution will feed into a new comic, made over two days, that will become available at our libraries for all to enjoy. Tickets £10 adults £5 Under 14 available from the library or at https://tonyhusbandatbarnstaple.eventbrite.co.uk
Date: 23 March 2019
Time: 12:30 - 15:30
Description: Join Private Eye's award winning cartoonist Tony Husband to discover and create your very own comic strip. Your contribution will feed into a new comic, made over two days, that will become available at our libraries for all to enjoy. Tickets £10 adults £5 Under 14 available from the library or at https://tonyhusbandatbarnstaple.eventbrite.co.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:

Introduction to the Centre Appointments

We support small business owners.entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Talk to us how to to start up, protect and grow your business. To book events visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Date: 23 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: We support small business owners.entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Talk to us how to to start up, protect and grow your business. To book events visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Audience: All
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: 23 March 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
Theme:

Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Date: 25 March 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Bookstart Corner For families with children under 5

Three week course. Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children and sharing stories and rhymes and make it an enjoyable part of everyday. Free goodies to take away Books, Rhymes, Puppets and Mark Making.we ask that you attend all three Mondays. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tel: 01271 388593 email: Barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Date: 25 March 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Description: Three week course. Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children and sharing stories and rhymes and make it an enjoyable part of everyday. Free goodies to take away Books, Rhymes, Puppets and Mark Making.we ask that you attend all three Mondays. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tel: 01271 388593 email: Barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Knit and Mix

Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 25 March 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

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: 26 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: 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 Wednesday

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 27 March 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: 27 March 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
Theme:

Computer Assistance

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: 27 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: 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:

Fablab: Laser Machine Design and Demo

Barnstaple Youth Sessions, for young people aged 14 - 18. The final outcome from these sessions could be anything from an exhibition to a participatory activity. Join in and help us decide.
Date: 28 March 2019
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Description: Barnstaple Youth Sessions, for young people aged 14 - 18. The final outcome from these sessions could be anything from an exhibition to a participatory activity. Join in and help us decide.
Audience: Teen
Cost: Free
Theme:

Introduction to Business Planning

A good business plan helps you to clarify your business goals and also spot potential problems. Angie Taffs is a qualified business advisor who works to support the startup and growth of small businesses. £2.50 – £5 To book events visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Date: 28 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Description: A good business plan helps you to clarify your business goals and also spot potential problems. Angie Taffs is a qualified business advisor who works to support the startup and growth of small businesses. £2.50 – £5 To book events visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:

Introduction to the Centre Appointments

We support small business owners. To book events visit: entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Talk to us how to to start up, protect and grow your business. To book visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Date: 28 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: We support small business owners. To book events visit: entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Talk to us how to to start up, protect and grow your business. To book visit: bit.ly/DevonBIPCEvents
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Toddler Time

Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 28 March 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 Friday

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 29 March 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:

North Devon Literacy Hub

A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties.
Date: 30 March 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:

Poetry Corner

A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 30 March 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Scrabble Saturday 2

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Date: 30 March 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Well-being talk and Q&A with Julien Barker Chiropractor

Come with your questions about your physical well-being and get an insight on how to look after your spine, neck, pelvis and body in general. Session includes spine screens and discounts on continuing treatment. A holistic approach to well-being by a local experienced Chiropractic practitioner. Free session. Please book your place at the library.
Date: 03 April 2019
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Description: Come with your questions about your physical well-being and get an insight on how to look after your spine, neck, pelvis and body in general. Session includes spine screens and discounts on continuing treatment. A holistic approach to well-being by a local experienced Chiropractic practitioner. Free session. Please book your place at the library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

TEDx Live Stream Event

Barnstaple Library will be live streaming TEDx Exeter live from the Northcott Theatre. We will be trying out our brand new live streaming kit. Drop by any time during the advertised hours and tune in to hear from the leading professionals across the South West. the theme of the talks is'The art of the possible'. This is a free drop-in event, no need to book.
Date: 05 April 2019
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: Barnstaple Library will be live streaming TEDx Exeter live from the Northcott Theatre. We will be trying out our brand new live streaming kit. Drop by any time during the advertised hours and tune in to hear from the leading professionals across the South West. the theme of the talks is'The art of the possible'. This is a free drop-in event, no need to book.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

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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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