The Library and Record Office is situated in the centre of Barnstaple just off the High Street and main shopping centre.
The Local Studies Centre is on the second floor and is accessible from both staircases and by lift from the ground floor lobby at the front of the building.
We have no dedicated car park but there is public car parking immediately adjacent to the building, or within easy walking distance.
The Park and Ride Scheme, which formerly operated from the south east side of the town, has been discontinued.
There is an hourly train service from Exeter and the main rail station is approximately half a mile or approximately 15 or so minutes walk from the Library and Record Office.
There are regular buses into the town and a National Express service, the main bus station being near the town centre, about 10 minutes walk from the Library and Record Office
You are welcome to call in and use our resources or to ring and discuss your requirements at any time.
Many of our resources are in microfilm or fiche format and we strongly recommend that you ring in advance of your visit to book an appropriate reader to enable you to view these.
We also recommend that you ring to check the availability of any book item you may be planning a special journey to view.
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service ask that you produce one or more proofs of identity which together should bear your name, your current address and a signature.
If you have a CARN ticket issued at Devon Heritage Centre or North Devon Record Office you can use this as proof of identity for obtaining a South West Heritage Trust reader’s ticket but CARN tickets issued elsewhere can no longer be accepted.
CARN (Countrywide Archive Research Network) tickets can no longer be issued at either Devon Heritage Centre or North Devon Record Office. Since coming under the management of South West Heritage Trust, the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service is no longer a member of the CARN network.
The following documents are suitable as proof of identity in order to obtain a South West Heritage Trust reader’s ticket:
- a CARN ticket previously issued by Devon Heritage Centre or North Devon Record Office;
- a driving licence with name, address and signature.
The following documents are suitable as proof of identity if accompanied by a form of identity (e.g. a bank card, credit card or ID card) which includes a signature :
- utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, telephone bill) showing name and address;medical card with address;
- pension card/book; bank statement; benefits book or equivalent;
- disabled person’s registration; post office savings book;
- official letter with address;
- vehicle registration or insurance document.
If on a second visit you have not yet produced suitable proof of identity, we reserve the right to restrict you to using microforms and materials which are only on open access in the searchroom, until you have done so.