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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.

There are five Blue Badge spaces outside the main entrance and four / five at the bottom of the slope (on Musgrave Row).  These are all general public Blue Badge parking spaces however and not dedicated to the library.

Services

Exeter Library events

Devon Pop Up Pianos Project at Exeter Library
</br> We have a wonderful piano!</br></br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FR6AFR0XMAIcEPb?format=jpg&name=4096x4096' alt='A piano outside Exeter Library, painted to look like a purple cat.'></br></br> Courtesy of @musicindevon and @exestreetarts who run the Devon Pop Up Pianos project.</br></br> Come, have a play, take a photo, and if you're on Instagram use the tag @devonpopup_pianos</br></br> Available every dry summer day outside the main entrance.</br></br>
Date: 16 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Description:
We have a wonderful piano!

A piano outside Exeter Library, painted to look like a purple cat.

Courtesy of @musicindevon and @exestreetarts who run the Devon Pop Up Pianos project.

Come, have a play, take a photo, and if you're on Instagram use the tag @devonpopup_pianos

Available every dry summer day outside the main entrance.

Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Music
IT Drop-in at Exeter Library
</br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FO8wme8XIAwF2Ko?format=jpg&name=small' alt='computer help at Exeter library'></br></br> <b>Where:</b> Adult Crime Fiction section</br>
Date: 16 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:
computer help at Exeter library

Where: Adult Crime Fiction section
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Digital Support
Bounce and Rhyme Sessions at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSZCQ3wXIAEVmrj?format=jpg&name=4096x4096' alt=''></br></br> Enjoy songs and rhymes in our 30 minute sessions for babies and toddlers in the Children's Library.</br></br>
Date: 17 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Description:

Enjoy songs and rhymes in our 30 minute sessions for babies and toddlers in the Children's Library.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Job Club at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FOS03fOXsAkTHxO?format=jpg&name=small' alt='Job club'></br></br>
Date: 17 May 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Job club

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Business Information Drop-in at Exeter Library
</br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FM249r3XIAAiETG?format=jpg&name=small' alt='Are you thinking of starting a business and don't know where to start? Do you already run a small business and looking for more information and support? We can help! Every Wednesday 2pm-3pm at Exeter Library.'></br></br> Do you have a business idea but don't know where to start? </br> Drop-in sessions every Wednesday.</br></br>
Date: 18 May 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description:
Are you thinking of starting a business and don

Do you have a business idea but don't know where to start?
Drop-in sessions every Wednesday.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Business & IP
IT Drop-in at Exeter Library
</br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FO8wme8XIAwF2Ko?format=jpg&name=small' alt='computer help at Exeter library'></br></br> <b>Where:</b> Adult Crime Fiction section</br>
Date: 18 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:
computer help at Exeter library

Where: Adult Crime Fiction section
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Digital Support
Bounce and Rhyme Sessions at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSZCQ3wXIAEVmrj?format=jpg&name=4096x4096' alt=''></br></br> Enjoy songs and rhymes in our 30 minute sessions for babies and toddlers in the Children's Library.</br></br>
Date: 19 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Description:

Enjoy songs and rhymes in our 30 minute sessions for babies and toddlers in the Children's Library.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Cygnet Dream Festival Workshop with Daisi at Exeter Library
</br> Looking for something FREE to do with your children on 20th May 2022?</br> Join artist Jess Carvill in a mixed media creative workshop.</br> Explore Dreams in the style of surrealism: cut, stick, glue and decorate your own image to take away.</br> Let your imagination go wild!</br></br> Exeter Library Rougemont Room</br> No need to book, just drop in</br> Children must be accompanied by an adult</br></br> This workshop is part of the Cygnet Dream Festival</br></br>
Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description:
Looking for something FREE to do with your children on 20th May 2022?
Join artist Jess Carvill in a mixed media creative workshop.
Explore Dreams in the style of surrealism: cut, stick, glue and decorate your own image to take away.
Let your imagination go wild!

Exeter Library Rougemont Room
No need to book, just drop in
Children must be accompanied by an adult

This workshop is part of the Cygnet Dream Festival

Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme: Cygnet Dream Festival
IT Drop-in at Exeter Library
</br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FO8wme8XIAwF2Ko?format=jpg&name=small' alt='computer help at Exeter library'></br></br> <b>Where:</b> Adult Crime Fiction section</br>
Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:
computer help at Exeter library

Where: Adult Crime Fiction section
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Digital Support
Storytime at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSZFB-1XoAEZybk?format=jpg&name=4096x4096' alt=''></br></br>
Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description:

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Storytime Online with Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FSZFB-1XoAEZybk?format=jpg&name=4096x4096' alt=''></br></br> Each Saturday join us live online <a href='https://www.facebook.com/ExeterLibrary'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 21 May 2022
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description:

Each Saturday join us live online here.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Networking with Lyme Bay Ladies
</br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FRLStlUWUAAfImZ?format=jpg&name=large' alt=''></br></br> BIPC Devon will be hosting a female led networking session as part of the Women in Business Programme.</br> For more information and to book your free place, visit <a href='https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/networking-with-lyme-bay-ladies-tickets-294539544707?aff=ebdsoporgprofile'>Eventbrite</a>.</br></br> Further BIPC Devon events can be found at <a href='http://bit.ly/BIPCDevonEvents'>http://bit.ly/BIPCDevonEvents</a>.</br></br>
Date: 26 May 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:


BIPC Devon will be hosting a female led networking session as part of the Women in Business Programme.
For more information and to book your free place, visit Eventbrite.

Further BIPC Devon events can be found at http://bit.ly/BIPCDevonEvents.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Business & IP
Elmer Day at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FR0d51DXoAIi2SD?format=jpg&name=small' alt='11am: Elmer & Friends Stories and Songs for toddlers. 12pm-1pm: Make your own Elmer ears! An easy craft activity. 2pm: Elmer Promenade Storytime. Parade around the children's library to Elmer's walk. 11am-4pm: Elmer crafts and colouring, available all day with a treasure hunt or two.'></br></br>
Date: 27 May 2022
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Description: 11am: Elmer & Friends Stories and Songs for toddlers. 12pm-1pm: Make your own Elmer ears! An easy craft activity. 2pm: Elmer Promenade Storytime. Parade around the children

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Children's Stories & Crafts
Exeter Pi Jam at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FHJGEBaXEAMoe0I?format=jpg&name=small' alt='Raspberry Pi Jam'></br></br> The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.</br> Raspberry Jams are independently organised community events for people to come together to learn about digital making with Raspberry Pi.</br></br> More information about the Raspberry Jam community can be found at <a href='raspberrypi.org/jam'>raspberrypi.org/jam</a>.</br></br>
Date: 04 June 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Raspberry Pi Jam

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
Raspberry Jams are independently organised community events for people to come together to learn about digital making with Raspberry Pi.

More information about the Raspberry Jam community can be found at raspberrypi.org/jam.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Digital Making
Intellectual Property (IP) Drop-in Session at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMxHZkeWQA8giik?format=jpg&name=small' alt=''></br></br> Do you want to protect your business idea but are confused by copyright, trademarks, patents and registered designs?</br> Taking place on the <b>first Monday of the month.</b></br> No need to book.</br></br>
Date: 06 June 2022
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Description:

Do you want to protect your business idea but are confused by copyright, trademarks, patents and registered designs?
Taking place on the first Monday of the month.
No need to book.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Business & IP
Job Club at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FOS03fOXsAkTHxO?format=jpg&name=small' alt='Job club'></br></br>
Date: 07 June 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Job club

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
'United' Book Launch at Exeter Library
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FRVvO1MWYAENvzQ?format=jpg&name=medium' alt='United Book Launch'></br></br> A book launch event celebrating the release of 'United: Caring For Our Loved Ones Living With Dementia' by Gina Awad & Tony Husband</br> For more information about the event and to register, visit <a href='https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/united-book-launch-tickets-302555590917'>Eventbrite</a>. </br></br>
Date: 09 June 2022
Time: 16:45 - 18:30
Description: United Book Launch

A book launch event celebrating the release of 'United: Caring For Our Loved Ones Living With Dementia' by Gina Awad & Tony Husband
For more information about the event and to register, visit Eventbrite.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Author Event
Creative Writing Workshop: Inspired by Nature
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FR1hu3YX0AEXoLr?format=jpg&name=medium' alt='Creative writing workshop'></br></br> Join Exeter College Adult Learning for this FREE Creative Writing Workshop at Exeter Library (for adults aged 19+)</br> Inspired by nature, play with words in this free Creative Writing Workshop. Perfect for beginners, all you need is pen and paper!</br> For more information and to book a place visit <a href='https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-workshop-inspired-by-nature-tickets-318821793567'>Eventbrite</a>.</br></br>
Date: 10 June 2022
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Description: Creative writing workshop

Join Exeter College Adult Learning for this FREE Creative Writing Workshop at Exeter Library (for adults aged 19+)
Inspired by nature, play with words in this free Creative Writing Workshop. Perfect for beginners, all you need is pen and paper!
For more information and to book a place visit Eventbrite.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing
French Language Café
The language cafés are coming back to Exeter Library and will meet informally in our foyer, having the chance to enjoy each other's company while conversing in a chosen language.</br></br> We are starting with a French language café on 12th June and are looking for volunteers to contact us about adding other languages which will meet on the second Sunday of the month.</br> To get involved email exeter.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk</br></br> <img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FR09MniXMAEAwEK?format=jpg&name=large' alt='French Language Café at Exeter Library on June 12th at 14:00-15:30'></br></br>
Date: 12 June 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: The language cafés are coming back to Exeter Library and will meet informally in our foyer, having the chance to enjoy each other's company while conversing in a chosen language.

We are starting with a French language café on 12th June and are looking for volunteers to contact us about adding other languages which will meet on the second Sunday of the month.
To get involved email exeter.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

French Language Café at Exeter Library on June 12th at 14:00-15:30

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Social
Creative Writing Workshop: Inspired by Nature
<img src='https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FR1hu3YX0AEXoLr?format=jpg&name=medium' alt='Creative writing workshop'></br></br> Join Exeter College Adult Learning for this FREE Creative Writing Workshop at Exeter Library (for adults aged 19+)</br> Inspired by nature, play with words in this free Creative Writing Workshop. Perfect for beginners, all you need is pen and paper!</br> For more information and to book a place visit <a href='https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-writing-workshop-inspired-by-nature-tickets-318821793567'>Eventbrite</a>.</br></br>
Date: 17 June 2022
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Description: Creative writing workshop

Join Exeter College Adult Learning for this FREE Creative Writing Workshop at Exeter Library (for adults aged 19+)
Inspired by nature, play with words in this free Creative Writing Workshop. Perfect for beginners, all you need is pen and paper!
For more information and to book a place visit Eventbrite.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing
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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


Cafe open
9:00 - 16:00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
10:00 - 16:00 Wed, Sat

Contact us:

Callum Elliot-Archer

Email: Exeter Library
Tel: 01392 407027

Find us:

Exeter Library
Castle Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3PQ

  

Exeter Library floor plan

Quilt Tour

A quilt inspired by a love of books and reading is going on tour around libraries in Devon.

The quilt has been created by Exmouth & District University of the Third Age (U3A) members and depicts shelves of books and a curious cat.

Year Month Library
2021 Jun Exmouth
2021 Jul Sidmouth
2021 Aug Axminister
2021 Sep Budleigh Salterton
2021 Oct Honiton
2021 Nov Ottery St Mary
2021 Dec St Thomas
2022 Jan Exeter
2022 Feb Teignmouth
2022 Mar Crediton
2022 Apr Topsham
2022 May Seaton
2022 Jun *Raffle Closes*
2022 Jul Exmouth

quilt

The beautiful quilt will tour libraries over the next year and it will be raffled to raise money for Libraries Unlimited.

Read more on Libraries Unlimited News

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Libraries in Devon are run by Libraries Unlimited

Bringing ideas, imagination, creativity and knowledge to enrich people’s lives and build thriving communities.

Libraries Unlimited South West, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registered company number: 9822597. Registered charity number:1170092. Registered office: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ.