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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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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: 18 June 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
Theme:

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: 18 June 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
Theme:

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: 19 June 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: 19 June 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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Code Club – (Beginners session)

Our Code Club takes place every other Thursday during term-time. Projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally. Suitable for ages 7+. For further information and to book a place, contact simon.belshaw@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Date: 20 June 2019
Time: 16:15 - 17:00
Description: Our Code Club takes place every other Thursday during term-time. Projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally. Suitable for ages 7+. For further information and to book a place, contact simon.belshaw@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Code Club – (Improvers session)

Our Code Club takes place every other Thursday during term-time. Projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally. Suitable for ages 7+. For further information and to book a place, contact simon.belshaw@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Date: 20 June 2019
Time: 17:15 - 18:15
Description: Our Code Club takes place every other Thursday during term-time. Projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally. Suitable for ages 7+. For further information and to book a place, contact simon.belshaw@librariesunlimited.org.uk
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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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: 20 June 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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Reading Group – **Currently Full - with waiting list**

An opportunity to get together and discuss a 'Book of the Month' on every third Thursday of the month. The group is currently full with a waiting list. Please email colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk for further details.
Date: 20 June 2019
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Description: An opportunity to get together and discuss a 'Book of the Month' on every third Thursday of the month. The group is currently full with a waiting list. Please email colin.bray@librariesunlimited.org.uk for further details.
Audience: All
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: 20 June 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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Early Years Storytime – 1st 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: 21 June 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: 21 June 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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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: 23 June 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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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: 23 June 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, donations welcome
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: 23 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: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

Storytime with the Rose Princess

One of a kind opportunity for your little princes and princesses in the children's area of Exeter Library for a sing-a-long storytime of her classic tale, and an opportunity for photos and autographs afterwards. Fancy dress is encouraged.
Date: 23 June 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Description: One of a kind opportunity for your little princes and princesses in the children's area of Exeter Library for a sing-a-long storytime of her classic tale, and an opportunity for photos and autographs afterwards. Fancy dress is encouraged.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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ESOL-Friendly Book Group

An ESOL-friendly Book Group for readers of English as a second language. If you would like to join our group, just ask a member of staff at Exeter Library for a copy of the book to read and come along. We will be discussing ‘Six Foot Six’ by Kit De Waal. For more information contact : louise.tingle@librariesunlimited.org.uk Taking place on the last Monday of each month unless it is on a Bank Holiday:- Please see a member of staff for the alternative date.
Date: 24 June 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: An ESOL-friendly Book Group for readers of English as a second language. If you would like to join our group, just ask a member of staff at Exeter Library for a copy of the book to read and come along. We will be discussing ‘Six Foot Six’ by Kit De Waal. For more information contact : louise.tingle@librariesunlimited.org.uk Taking place on the last Monday of each month unless it is on a Bank Holiday:- Please see a member of staff for the alternative date.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Library Lego Builders

Come along and build a Lego creation at Exeter Library. Age 5 upwards. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. From the 24th June this session will take place on the last Monday of the month unless it is a Bank Holiday.
Date: 24 June 2019
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Description: Come along and build a Lego creation at Exeter Library. Age 5 upwards. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. From the 24th June this session will take place on the last Monday of the month unless it is a Bank Holiday.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

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: 25 June 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
Theme:

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: 25 June 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
Theme:

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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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