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Exeter Library is open seven days a week and receives an average of 1,500 visits a day. The library has over 1km of shelves containing over 60,000 books, CDs and DVDs which can be issued at any of the self-service points. In addition, the library has a reserve stack of approximately 150,000 items, available on request.

There is a large children's library overlooking Rougemont Gardens and a separate teen area, as well as 34 computers which are free to use for up to 2 hours per day and printing and copying facilities.

Exeter Library is also home to the Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre, where you can access information and attend business events and workshops to support your business or start up. The library also houses the first FabLab to be located within a public library in England. FabLab Devon is a community creative space that provides access to a range of digital equipment and machinery.

Exeter Library has a range of meeting rooms and function spaces available for hire for competitive rates. If you're looking for a city centre location for your meeting or event, find out more here.

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Making Your Mark Exhibition

Perfect for families, this pop-up display draws on the themes of the British Library exhibition of the same name, which spans five millennia and five continents, exploring one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the act of writing. Pick up a free learning trail while you're here to make this a truly interactive experience. Writing: Making Your Mark launches simultaneously on 26th April in over 20 public libraries around the UK, through the Living Knowledge Network (an innovative UK-wide network of public libraries working in partnership with the British Library, National Library of Wales and the National Library of Scotland). Complementing the pop-up display, we have curated an exhibition from our own Special Collections Archive, showcasing the marginalia within some of the oldest books in Devon. Marginalia are scribbles, comments, annotations or doodles that have been added to books over the years. These unique additions add to the history of each item and hint at the individuals who have read, studied and enjoyed these books over their long history. Both displays will be in Exeter Library until the end of August 2019.
Date: 26 April 2019
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: Perfect for families, this pop-up display draws on the themes of the British Library exhibition of the same name, which spans five millennia and five continents, exploring one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the act of writing. Pick up a free learning trail while you're here to make this a truly interactive experience. Writing: Making Your Mark launches simultaneously on 26th April in over 20 public libraries around the UK, through the Living Knowledge Network (an innovative UK-wide network of public libraries working in partnership with the British Library, National Library of Wales and the National Library of Scotland). Complementing the pop-up display, we have curated an exhibition from our own Special Collections Archive, showcasing the marginalia within some of the oldest books in Devon. Marginalia are scribbles, comments, annotations or doodles that have been added to books over the years. These unique additions add to the history of each item and hint at the individuals who have read, studied and enjoyed these books over their long history. Both displays will be in Exeter Library until the end of August 2019.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Crafty Weekenders Club

Are you crafty? Would you like to meet others who are also creative? Our new crafty weekenders club taking place every 4th Sunday of the month, is free to join and for all ages and will be an opportunity for creative and crafty minded people to come together for a bit of a chat and create session. Please bring along your own craft project you may just be starting or have been working on for a while. Suitable for people of all ages, children and up. Bring along your craft materials and take a seat!
Date: 26 May 2019
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Description: Are you crafty? Would you like to meet others who are also creative? Our new crafty weekenders club taking place every 4th Sunday of the month, is free to join and for all ages and will be an opportunity for creative and crafty minded people to come together for a bit of a chat and create session. Please bring along your own craft project you may just be starting or have been working on for a while. Suitable for people of all ages, children and up. Bring along your craft materials and take a seat!
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Library Writers at Exeter Library

Meeting fortnightly in Meeting Room One, Library Writers is a brand new group aimed to help writers grow and get more from their writing. Beginner or professional, all are welcome. Initially, the group will be led by the successful short story writer and former Writers Bureau tutor, Linda Lewis. Numbers are limited, so to find out more or book your place, contact Linda by email at lindatorbay@yahoo.co.uk
Date: 26 May 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Description: Meeting fortnightly in Meeting Room One, Library Writers is a brand new group aimed to help writers grow and get more from their writing. Beginner or professional, all are welcome. Initially, the group will be led by the successful short story writer and former Writers Bureau tutor, Linda Lewis. Numbers are limited, so to find out more or book your place, contact Linda by email at lindatorbay@yahoo.co.uk
Audience: All
Cost: £2.00
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Scrabble Club

Do you enjoy word games? Would you like to improve your vocabulary? Come and join our new Scrabble Club! Free to join and for all ages! Our Scrabble club will take place every 4th Sunday of the month. It is suitable for the young and old to play together, we accept all ages (though we do recommend children are aged 7+). Bring a friend or come on your own and meet new people. Boards available on request, please talk to a member of staff and have your library card handy. Please note: Children under the age of 8 must have parental supervision.
Date: 26 May 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Do you enjoy word games? Would you like to improve your vocabulary? Come and join our new Scrabble Club! Free to join and for all ages! Our Scrabble club will take place every 4th Sunday of the month. It is suitable for the young and old to play together, we accept all ages (though we do recommend children are aged 7+). Bring a friend or come on your own and meet new people. Boards available on request, please talk to a member of staff and have your library card handy. Please note: Children under the age of 8 must have parental supervision.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Songs and Stories on Sunday

Join us every Sunday for songs and stories ideal for under 5's, in the children's library.
Date: 26 May 2019
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Description: Join us every Sunday for songs and stories ideal for under 5's, in the children's library.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Bounce and Rhyme - 1st Session

Every Tuesday come along to the Rougemont Room and share songs and rhymes at this super, fun event for babies and toddlers. This is a drop-in event with no booking required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 28 May 2019
Time: 10:15 - 10:45
Description: Every Tuesday come along to the Rougemont Room and share songs and rhymes at this super, fun event for babies and toddlers. This is a drop-in event with no booking required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Bounce and Rhyme - 2nd Session

Every Tuesday come along to the Rougemont Room and share songs and rhymes at this super, fun event for babies and toddlers. This is a drop-in event with no booking required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 28 May 2019
Time: 11:15 - 11:45
Description: Every Tuesday come along to the Rougemont Room and share songs and rhymes at this super, fun event for babies and toddlers. This is a drop-in event with no booking required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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E-Wednesday - Learn My Way (Beginner Computer Course)

Over four consecutive Wednesday mornings, receive one on one help using the Learn My Way online courses, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. From basic skills, learning how to use a mouse, keyboard and email, using the internet, internet security and internet banking. Booking is essential - Please ask a member of staff for more information.
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Over four consecutive Wednesday mornings, receive one on one help using the Learn My Way online courses, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. From basic skills, learning how to use a mouse, keyboard and email, using the internet, internet security and internet banking. Booking is essential - Please ask a member of staff for more information.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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IT Drop-In

Every Wednesday our IT Drop-in session has staff and volunteers on hand for one to one support, located in the Teen area of the library. Find help with basic IT skills, using the internet, creating email accounts, sending and receiving emails, using social media and much more. The session is not for complete beginners but is a drop in session so there is no need to book. During busy periods there may be a wait as staff and volunteers aim to assist as many people as possible during the session.
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Every Wednesday our IT Drop-in session has staff and volunteers on hand for one to one support, located in the Teen area of the library. Find help with basic IT skills, using the internet, creating email accounts, sending and receiving emails, using social media and much more. The session is not for complete beginners but is a drop in session so there is no need to book. During busy periods there may be a wait as staff and volunteers aim to assist as many people as possible during the session.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Quiet Time in the Children's Library

Every Thursday is a great chance for children with their parents or carers to relax with a book in the fantastic environment of the children's library.
Date: 30 May 2019
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Description: Every Thursday is a great chance for children with their parents or carers to relax with a book in the fantastic environment of the children's library.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Shared Reading Group

Every Thursday a new drop-in reading group at Exeter Library offers the chance to relax and enjoy the power of great stories and poems read aloud in a small group. No need to book a place, just come along.
Date: 30 May 2019
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Description: Every Thursday a new drop-in reading group at Exeter Library offers the chance to relax and enjoy the power of great stories and poems read aloud in a small group. No need to book a place, just come along.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Devon Wildlife Trust Information Stand

The Devon Wildlife Trust will have an information stand at Exeter Library in the fiction area. Come along to find out about the work they do and how you can get involved.
Date: 31 May 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Description: The Devon Wildlife Trust will have an information stand at Exeter Library in the fiction area. Come along to find out about the work they do and how you can get involved.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Early Years Storytime

Every Friday come along to our Storytime, for families with younger children. This is a drop-in event and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 31 May 2019
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Description: Every Friday come along to our Storytime, for families with younger children. This is a drop-in event and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Early Years Storytime – 2nd Session

Every Friday come along to our Storytime, for families with younger children. This is a drop-in event and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 31 May 2019
Time: 14:00 - 14:30
Description: Every Friday come along to our Storytime, for families with younger children. This is a drop-in event and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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If Not Now - Interactive Performance Workshop

Join One Step Theatre for a FREE interactive performance based workshop. If Not Now explores our relationship with the current plastic crisis, raising important environmental questions using playful storytelling and games. We invite those young and old to take part in this urgent conversation that will shape our futures for generations to come. Ages 8 and up, the workshop will last approximately 75 minutes and parents/guardians should stay and join in the action. Tickets can be booked through <a href=Eventbrite" />
Date: 31 May 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Description: Join One Step Theatre for a FREE interactive performance based workshop. If Not Now explores our relationship with the current plastic crisis, raising important environmental questions using playful storytelling and games. We invite those young and old to take part in this urgent conversation that will shape our futures for generations to come. Ages 8 and up, the workshop will last approximately 75 minutes and parents/guardians should stay and join in the action. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Exeter Raspberry Jam

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that has infinite possibilities. On the first Saturday of every month, come along and get involved with this session run by 2.times do. This is a drop-in event, no booking required. For further information visit the contact form at <a href=2timesdo.co.uk" />
Date: 01 June 2019
Time: 11:30 - 13:30
Description: The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that has infinite possibilities. On the first Saturday of every month, come along and get involved with this session run by 2.times do. This is a drop-in event, no booking required. For further information visit the contact form at 2timesdo.co.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Songs and Stories on Sunday

Join us every Sunday for songs and stories ideal for under 5's, in the children's library.
Date: 02 June 2019
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Description: Join us every Sunday for songs and stories ideal for under 5's, in the children's library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

Gadget Day

Every first Monday of the month staff will be on hand for one to one support located in the Business and Information Hub area of the library. Bring along your tablet, smart phone or e-Reader and get help using your device. Find out about our e-book service and get help downloading a free e-book to your device. This is a drop in session and there is no need to book. During busy periods there may be a wait as staff and volunteers aim to assist as many people as possible during the session. *Please note if the first Monday falls on a Bank Holiday, the session will take place the following week.
Date: 03 June 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Every first Monday of the month staff will be on hand for one to one support located in the Business and Information Hub area of the library. Bring along your tablet, smart phone or e-Reader and get help using your device. Find out about our e-book service and get help downloading a free e-book to your device. This is a drop in session and there is no need to book. During busy periods there may be a wait as staff and volunteers aim to assist as many people as possible during the session. *Please note if the first Monday falls on a Bank Holiday, the session will take place the following week.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

An Introduction to Intellectual Property

Presented by IP Specialists, Stephens Scown, this workshop will dispel myths of IP. It is useful for individuals, start-ups, and established businesses. It will give you the chance to find out about what IP is, who it exists in your business, how you can protect it and use it to your advantage. The event is in Meeting Room 1 at Exeter Library. Tickets are £5 (£2.50 for students) and can be booked through <a href=Eventbrite" />
Date: 04 June 2019
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Description: Presented by IP Specialists, Stephens Scown, this workshop will dispel myths of IP. It is useful for individuals, start-ups, and established businesses. It will give you the chance to find out about what IP is, who it exists in your business, how you can protect it and use it to your advantage. The event is in Meeting Room 1 at Exeter Library. Tickets are £5 (£2.50 for students) and can be booked through Eventbrite
Audience: All
Cost: £5.00
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Books With Buggies

We are a small, friendly book group for busy parents and carers who enjoy reading. We are an informal group so even if you haven't read the whole boo, this is still a great chance to catch up and meet new friends. So come join us to discuss our latest book in a relaxed setting with toys and books for your children. This month we are reading ‘The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins’.
Date: 04 June 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: We are a small, friendly book group for busy parents and carers who enjoy reading. We are an informal group so even if you haven't read the whole boo, this is still a great chance to catch up and meet new friends. So come join us to discuss our latest book in a relaxed setting with toys and books for your children. This month we are reading ‘The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins’.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Opening hours:

Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:00 - 19:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00- 19:00
Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Sun 12:00 - 16:00

 

Contact us:

Emily Macaulay

Email: Exeter Library
Tel: 01392 407027

Find us:

Exeter Library
Castle Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3PQ

  

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