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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

The Glass Room Exhibition at Exeter Library
What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?</br></br> The Glass Room is an exhibition where you can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.</br></br> In the physical and digital Glass Room exhibition we will explore misinformation in all its forms and how we can manage it responsibly. The physical exhibition is visiting nine libraries between 18th October and December.</br></br>
Date: 18 October 2021
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?

The Glass Room is an exhibition where you can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.

In the physical and digital Glass Room exhibition we will explore misinformation in all its forms and how we can manage it responsibly. The physical exhibition is visiting nine libraries between 18th October and December.

Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library (Thursday Session 1)
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!</br> Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.</br></br> No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.</br></br>
Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Description: Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.

No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library (Thursday Session 2)
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!</br> Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.</br></br> No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.</br></br>
Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.

No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Around the World in 88 Tales - Riding to the Stars at Exeter Library
'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.</br></br> Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!</br></br> <a href='https://rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/'>rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/</a>.</br></br> Free event, just drop in</br></br>
Date: 23 October 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: 'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.

Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!

rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/.

Free event, just drop in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Around the World in 88 Tales - Riding to the Stars at Exeter Library
'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.</br></br> Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!</br></br> <a href='https://rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/'>rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/</a>.</br></br> Free event, just drop in</br></br>
Date: 23 October 2021
Time: 11:45 - 12:30
Description: 'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.

Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!

rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/.

Free event, just drop in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Around the World in 88 Tales - Riding to the Stars at Exeter Library
'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.</br></br> Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!</br></br> <a href='https://rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/'>rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/</a>.</br></br> Free event, just drop in</br></br>
Date: 23 October 2021
Time: 14:00 - 14:45
Description: 'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.

Would you ride a horse all the way up to the stars? Would you choose riches over honesty? Be enchanted by marvellous tales from India, the UK and all around this beautiful world of stories told by storytellers David Heathfield and Sandhya Dave. As you listen, you can meet Jubilee Beauty, the Library Rocking Horse and discover the beautifully embroidered Rajasthani slippers, the woven turtle toy from the Amazon rainforest and more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections. And you can share a tale too!

rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/.

Free event, just drop in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Jubilee Beauty Rides Again at Exeter Library!
Join us to celebrate the return of our lovely rocking horse in the children's library at Exeter Library.</br></br> Come make a rosette!</br></br> No need to book, just drop-in</br></br>
Date: 23 October 2021
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: Join us to celebrate the return of our lovely rocking horse in the children's library at Exeter Library.

Come make a rosette!

No need to book, just drop-in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Storytime Online with Exeter Library
Online Storytime for young readers is live every Saturday at 11am. Cuddle up with your little ones and enjoy a fun tale or two read by a friendly librarian.</br></br> Join us live on Facebook <a href='https://www.facebook.com/ExeterLibrary'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 23 October 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Online Storytime for young readers is live every Saturday at 11am. Cuddle up with your little ones and enjoy a fun tale or two read by a friendly librarian.

Join us live on Facebook here.

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Crazy Paper Pumpkins Craft Session at Exeter Library
Join us for a 'Crazy Paper Pumpkins' half term craft session.</br></br> Two sessions at 10-11am and 12-1pm in the Rougemont Room.</br></br> Booking required. Tickets available from Exeter Library.</br></br>
Date: 25 October 2021
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Description: Join us for a 'Crazy Paper Pumpkins' half term craft session.

Two sessions at 10-11am and 12-1pm in the Rougemont Room.

Booking required. Tickets available from Exeter Library.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Crazy Paper Pumpkins Craft Session at Exeter Library
Join us for a 'Crazy Paper Pumpkins' half term craft session.</br></br> Two sessions at 10-11am and 12-1pm in the Rougemont Room.</br></br> Booking required. Tickets available from Exeter Library.</br></br>
Date: 25 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Join us for a 'Crazy Paper Pumpkins' half term craft session.

Two sessions at 10-11am and 12-1pm in the Rougemont Room.

Booking required. Tickets available from Exeter Library.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library (Tuesday Session 1)
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!</br> Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.</br></br> No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.</br></br>
Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Description: Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.

No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library (Tuesday Session 2)
Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!</br> Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.</br></br> No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.</br></br>
Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Bounce and Rhyme at Exeter Library is back!
Bring your babies and toddlers to the Children's Library for songs and rhymes.

No need to book. As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 Bounce and Rhyme sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
In Conversation - Virtual Night In
Exeter Library and Books In The City present an In Conversation Virtual Night In. Join Simon Booker, Jackie Fraser & Florence Keeling, in conversation with Karen from Exeter Library.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/ExeterLibrary'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Description: Exeter Library and Books In The City present an In Conversation Virtual Night In. Join Simon Booker, Jackie Fraser & Florence Keeling, in conversation with Karen from Exeter Library.

For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click here.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online Author Event
IT Drop-in at Exeter Library (Wednesday Session)
Need help using the internet? New tablet or smartphone? Having trouble with emails? Want to get set up with eBooks? Why not pop in to an IT drop-in session.</br></br> Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.</br> Seated in the Adult Crime Fiction section on the ground floor.</br></br> This drop-in session is not for complete beginners but for those who need a little help from our friendly staff.</br></br> There's no need to book, but during busy periods there may be a wait as staff aim to help as many people as possible during the session.</br></br>
Date: 27 October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Need help using the internet? New tablet or smartphone? Having trouble with emails? Want to get set up with eBooks? Why not pop in to an IT drop-in session.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.
Seated in the Adult Crime Fiction section on the ground floor.

This drop-in session is not for complete beginners but for those who need a little help from our friendly staff.

There's no need to book, but during busy periods there may be a wait as staff aim to help as many people as possible during the session.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Harry The Hippopotamus Storytime with Andy Cooper at Exeter Library
Join us for this special storytime session with Andy Cooper, author of Harry The Hippopotamus./br>/br> Free event, no need to book. Just drop in!/br>/br>
Date: 29 October 2021
Time: 14:00 - 14:30
Description: Join us for this special storytime session with Andy Cooper, author of Harry The Hippopotamus./br>/br> Free event, no need to book. Just drop in!/br>/br>
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Around the World in 88 Tales - A Lamp for Diwali, a Crow for Halloween at Exeter Library
'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.</br></br> Would you sell your cow to a talking crow? Be entranced by this wondrously wild Palestinian tale learned from Hend Qattaa and retold by David Heathfield. Sandhya Dave will take you to the ancient land of India, where diva lamps were lit and monkeys fought to welcome back the most beautiful Queen & King. As you listen, you can discover the taxidermy crow, the woven Tzintzuan cow from Mexico and the beautiful Dhokra oil lamp from Odisha, India as well as more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. And you can share a tale too!</br></br> <a href='https://rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/'>rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/</a>.</br></br> Free event, just drop in</br></br>
Date: 30 October 2021
Time: 14:00 - 14:45
Description: 'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.

Would you sell your cow to a talking crow? Be entranced by this wondrously wild Palestinian tale learned from Hend Qattaa and retold by David Heathfield. Sandhya Dave will take you to the ancient land of India, where diva lamps were lit and monkeys fought to welcome back the most beautiful Queen & King. As you listen, you can discover the taxidermy crow, the woven Tzintzuan cow from Mexico and the beautiful Dhokra oil lamp from Odisha, India as well as more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. And you can share a tale too!

rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/.

Free event, just drop in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Around the World in 88 Tales - A Lamp for Diwali, a Crow for Halloween at Exeter Library
'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.</br></br> Would you sell your cow to a talking crow? Be entranced by this wondrously wild Palestinian tale learned from Hend Qattaa and retold by David Heathfield. Sandhya Dave will take you to the ancient land of India, where diva lamps were lit and monkeys fought to welcome back the most beautiful Queen & King. As you listen, you can discover the taxidermy crow, the woven Tzintzuan cow from Mexico and the beautiful Dhokra oil lamp from Odisha, India as well as more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. And you can share a tale too!</br></br> <a href='https://rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/'>rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/</a>.</br></br> Free event, just drop in</br></br>
Date: 30 October 2021
Time: 15:00 - 15:45
Description: 'Around The World In 88 Tales' is inspired by museum objects at RAMM.

Would you sell your cow to a talking crow? Be entranced by this wondrously wild Palestinian tale learned from Hend Qattaa and retold by David Heathfield. Sandhya Dave will take you to the ancient land of India, where diva lamps were lit and monkeys fought to welcome back the most beautiful Queen & King. As you listen, you can discover the taxidermy crow, the woven Tzintzuan cow from Mexico and the beautiful Dhokra oil lamp from Odisha, India as well as more amazing objects from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. And you can share a tale too!

rammuseum.org.uk/around-the-world-in-88-tales/.

Free event, just drop in

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Stories and Colouring with Triona Harris at Exeter Library
Join us for a special stories and colouring session with Triona Harris, author of The Tomluc Tree.</br></br> Free event!</br></br> No need to book, just drop-in</br></br>
Date: 30 October 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Join us for a special stories and colouring session with Triona Harris, author of The Tomluc Tree.

Free event!

No need to book, just drop-in

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Exeter Pi Jam at Exeter Library
Exeter Raspberry Pi Jam is back at Exeter Library! Just drop-in on the first Saturday of every month.</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. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.</br></br> Raspberry Jams are independently organised community events for people to come together to learn about digital making with Raspberry Pi.</br> Jam events come in all shapes and sizes: workshops for beginners, drop-in sessions to work on your own projects, show-and-tell, talks, and more.</br></br> More information about the Raspberry Jam community can be found at <a href='https://www.raspberrypi.org/jam/'>raspberrypi.org/jam</a>.</br></br>
Date: 06 November 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Exeter Raspberry Pi Jam is back at Exeter Library! Just drop-in on the first Saturday of every month.

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. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

Raspberry Jams are independently organised community events for people to come together to learn about digital making with Raspberry Pi.
Jam events come in all shapes and sizes: workshops for beginners, drop-in sessions to work on your own projects, show-and-tell, talks, and more.

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

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
In Conversation with Kathryn Hughes
We are excited to be holding an online In Conversation with million-copy-bestselling author Kathryn Hughes.</br> Kathryn's first novel, The Letter, was a self-published word of mouth sensation, a Kindle number one bestseller for forty consecutive days before later being published by Headline. </br> Kathryn will be talking to us about her new book The Memory Box a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that an unforgettable epic story of love and war.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/682426742713864/'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 09 November 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: We are excited to be holding an online In Conversation with million-copy-bestselling author Kathryn Hughes.
Kathryn's first novel, The Letter, was a self-published word of mouth sensation, a Kindle number one bestseller for forty consecutive days before later being published by Headline.
Kathryn will be talking to us about her new book The Memory Box a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that an unforgettable epic story of love and war.

For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click here.

Audience: Adult
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


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