Visit Us

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Friday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

​We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, public holidays and bank holidays.

How to Find Us

By Car

From M5 Junction 27 follow the A361 to Barnstaple. At Portmore roundabout turn right and follow signs for A39 Barnstaple/Lynton, entering the town along Eastern Avenue. Follow signs for A39 Town Centre/Lynton to avoid the one-way system. Turn left at the small roundabout at the end of Alexandra Road, to B3149 Braunton/Ilfracombe. Go straight on at the next small roundabout, then left into Tuly Street.

​From the west (A361) follow the signs for the town centre into Rolle Street. Cross the river and turn right at the small roundabout, then left into Tuly Street.

​From the north (A39) enter down North Road, past Pilton Park. Go straight across two small roundabouts, then left into Tuly Street.

​Pay-and-display car parks are located at the front and back of the Library building.

By Train

All services to Barnstaple Station are via Exeter St David’s. The Athenaeum is a 15 minute walk from the station. Please see rail service providers’ websites for more information.

​By Bus

A number of local services, including those run by Stagecoach and Filers Travel, stop at Barnstaple Bus Station, which is a 10 minute walk from the Athenaeum.  There are a number of bus and coach routes connecting locations throughout North Devon.  Please see the Travel Devon website for more information.

Readers’ Tickets

We ask anyone using our resources to register with our partner department, the South West Heritage Trust. The South West Heritage Trust readers’ tickets are valid for four years. If you have not visited us before, please bring some form of identification containing your name, current address and signature (for example a driving licence, utility bill and other ID with signature) so a South West Heritage Trust readers’ tickets can be issued to you.

​South West Heritage Trust readers’ tickets are valid at Devon Heritage Centre, Somerset Heritage Centre, North Devon Record Office and the North Somerset archive service.

​Please be aware that they do not accept passports, tickets from The National Archives or library cards.  We are not part of the CARN ticket scheme and do not accept CARN tickets.

If your card has expired please bring some identification with you when you visit, so a new readers’ ticket can be issued to you.