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Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. Find out more about our services from Monday 12th April. 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

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:
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:
Audio Book Group
Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. For anyone who likes to listen to audio books. An informal group to chat about the books you've enjoyed.
Date: 28 April 2021
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. For anyone who likes to listen to audio books. An informal group to chat about the books you've enjoyed.
Audience: All
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: 16 April 2021
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:
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: 05 April 2021
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
Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 01 April 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check 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:
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: 06 April 2021
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:
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/461369691850582
Date: 20 April 2021
Time: 11:00 - 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/461369691850582
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: 16 April 2021
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:
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: 06 April 2021
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: 06 April 2021
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:
Custom 3D Printed Cameo - Barnstaple FabLab
Keep your profile, or a loved ones profile, forever as a 3D printed Cameo. Cameos are traditionally, beautifully carved images used to adorn ones person. They have been around for many years and to celebrate the month of February we are giving you the opportunity to have your own custom 3D printed version. There is a lot of history and folklore to suggest that cameos attract health and good fortune, so what better gift to give or make yourself. For this event all you will need to do is send us a photo of the person's profile (side on view), a simple background or clear difference would be preferred to get a clear line. You will also need to pick from the colour options given. These details can be included in an email. Once you purchase this event you will be able to view a document with more details and examples. After we have received your choices via email we will get printing! The Cameo will be approximately 8cm on the longest length as this differs for each frame. Your cameo will be posted 1st class. Only available for UK postage. Available until 1 May 2021, 00:00 Cost £8.68 Book here: https://bit.ly/3p2SuUF Book Here
Date: 07 February 2021
Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Keep your profile, or a loved ones profile, forever as a 3D printed Cameo. Cameos are traditionally, beautifully carved images used to adorn ones person. They have been around for many years and to celebrate the month of February we are giving you the opportunity to have your own custom 3D printed version. There is a lot of history and folklore to suggest that cameos attract health and good fortune, so what better gift to give or make yourself. For this event all you will need to do is send us a photo of the person's profile (side on view), a simple background or clear difference would be preferred to get a clear line. You will also need to pick from the colour options given. These details can be included in an email. Once you purchase this event you will be able to view a document with more details and examples. After we have received your choices via email we will get printing! The Cameo will be approximately 8cm on the longest length as this differs for each frame. Your cameo will be posted 1st class. Only available for UK postage. Available until 1 May 2021, 00:00 Cost £8.68 Book here: https://bit.ly/3p2SuUF Book Here
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:
Knit and Mix
Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 04 April 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. 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:
Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder - Barnstaple FabLab
Design your own beautifully cut wooden candle holder Create you own design for a Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder. After purchasing a ticket you will be directed to a tutorial video in order to make your design. For the design you will need the software Inkscape which is free to download, but you will need internet (for the download) and a computer. Once you have finished please email us the design to fablab@librariesunlimited.org.uk with the subject text
Date: 07 February 2021
Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Design your own beautifully cut wooden candle holder Create you own design for a Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder. After purchasing a ticket you will be directed to a tutorial video in order to make your design. For the design you will need the software Inkscape which is free to download, but you will need internet (for the download) and a computer. Once you have finished please email us the design to fablab@librariesunlimited.org.uk with the subject text "Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder Barnstaple Fablab - Your Name/Eventbrite username", including the postal address. Once we have received the finished file we will get making. Your holder will be posted out 1st class (UK only), and the item will come flat packed with simple instructions to put together. We hope you enjoy the workshop! Available until 1 May 2021 01.30 Cost £11.37 Book here: https://bit.ly/36YGa1p
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:
Library Lego Builders
Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. Build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Date: 02 April 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. 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:
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: 19 April 2021
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:
North Devon Literacy Hub
Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Date: 23 April 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Note this is a provisional date, please check nearer the time. A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
Poetry Corner
This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 26 February 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
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 February 2021
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:
Red Vinyl Fabric Patch - Barnstaple FabLab
Digital workshop Create your own design to become a red patch that you can iron on to fabric at home. In this workshop you will be shown, using Inkscape, how to create a black and white image. Inkscape is free to download from inkscape.org. You can use other software that you are comfortable with as long as you can send this as a JPEG/PNG. Once you have decided on your design you will email us and this will be made. The longest side of your design will be approximately 10/15cm, unless you have a specific size that you would like. We ask for the image you send to be black and white. The black will end up being red and the white will be negative space. We will then post this to you 1st class (UK only). Available until Saturday 1st May 00:30 Cost £7.59 Book here: https://bit.ly/3cVSPpJ
Date: 07 February 2021
Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Digital workshop Create your own design to become a red patch that you can iron on to fabric at home. In this workshop you will be shown, using Inkscape, how to create a black and white image. Inkscape is free to download from inkscape.org. You can use other software that you are comfortable with as long as you can send this as a JPEG/PNG. Once you have decided on your design you will email us and this will be made. The longest side of your design will be approximately 10/15cm, unless you have a specific size that you would like. We ask for the image you send to be black and white. The black will end up being red and the white will be negative space. We will then post this to you 1st class (UK only). Available until Saturday 1st May 00:30 Cost £7.59 Book here: https://bit.ly/3cVSPpJ
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:
Reset. Restart: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive - 4 Week Course
Has 2020 left you feeling like your business is in survival mode? Transform your business from surviving into thriving in 2021. This 4-week course delivered by James White will help you to dig deep, take an honest look at your business and understand how you can start growing your business in a direction you want. The course is FREE through BIPC Devon, so sign up today to access a wealth of knowledge which will enable you to pivot your business and start 2021 off on the path to thriving. Thursdays for 4 weeks. Book here: https://bit.ly/3cHQ8YX
Date: 03 February 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Description: Has 2020 left you feeling like your business is in survival mode? Transform your business from surviving into thriving in 2021. This 4-week course delivered by James White will help you to dig deep, take an honest look at your business and understand how you can start growing your business in a direction you want. The course is FREE through BIPC Devon, so sign up today to access a wealth of knowledge which will enable you to pivot your business and start 2021 off on the path to thriving. Thursdays for 4 weeks. Book here: https://bit.ly/3cHQ8YX
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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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

Find us:

Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1EL

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