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Choosing books

All of our libraries have a dedicated ‘teen’ section with a range of resources including popular series, manga, graphic novels and non-fiction titles. A lot of our libraries also run homework clubs and have a range of resources available to help young people with their studies. See what’s on at your local library on our events page.

Need help with homework or study?

  • Our libraries offer free computer use and free Wi-Fi, parental permission is required for under 16s
  • We have a whole range of free online resources exclusive to library members

Reading Well – Shelf Help

The Reading Well books have been chosen by young people and health experts to help you with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect your wellbeing. These books are free to reserve and borrow from all Devon Libraries.

Reading Well can:

  • help you cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence
  • provide information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying

Looking for volunteering or work experience?

We have many volunteering and work experience opportunities available in our libraries.

It’s great experience, especially if you are looking to work with children, and it is a rewarding way to support the community. In 2016 more than 150 young people volunteered in our libraries to help us plan events, design displays and encourage young readers to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.

If you volunteer with us you will receive a certificate and it can also count towards accreditation schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award or Arts Award. Contact your local library to find out how you can get involved.

FabLab

Exeter and Barnstaple Library are home to FabLabs, offering access to a range of digital equipment and software. Young people can attend events and workshops where they can learn how to 3D scan and print, use embroidery machines, make jewellery, print T-shirts and much much more. Visit the FabLabs at Exeter and Barnstaple Library to find out what’s on or click here.

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