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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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Shared Reading Group

This 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: 26 September 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Description: This 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
Theme:

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: 27 September 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: 27 September 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
Theme:

Translation! Festival 2019

Join Exeter Library for a range of translation events. 10:00 to 10:50: No Borders Please, We’re Translators! A Creative Translation Workshop Featuring Poems from Mexican-Scottish Poet Juana Adcock. 11:00 to 11:50: (Un)translatability: An Special Interview with Emily Apter and Mark Mellor. 12:00 to 12:50: Tongue Tied: Performance of Martin Sorrel’s Award-Winning Short Story, Performed by Performance Artist and Musician Kate Cameron (Followed by Discussion) 13:10 to 14:00: Translating with the Professionals - with the ITI South West. 14:30 to 15:00: International Bounce and Rhyme (for children under 5) 15:00 to 15:50: Performance: La traductrice et la grenouille (The Translator and the Frog). 16:00 to 16:50: What Makes a Good Translation? A Conversation with Award-Winning Literary Translators Andrea Reece and Daniel Hahn. 17:00 to 17:50: Performing Religions: Translation, Live Art and Exploration of the Self. 18:00 to 18:30 Performance: Mα ποια πάπια (I’m Not a Pheasant Plucker). All in the Rougemont Room. In the Library foyer at 10:00; 11:00; 12:00 and 14:30 there will be Wordkeys: The 4D Translation Game (45 minutes). In the Rougemont Lounge between 10.00 and 16.00 there will be Live Translation: The Spectacular Translation Machine (with Graphic Novels Les Culotées and La rivoluzione dei gelsomini). You can find a full programme rundown on the University of Exeter's <a href=website" />
Date: 27 September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 18:30
Description: Join Exeter Library for a range of translation events. 10:00 to 10:50: No Borders Please, We’re Translators! A Creative Translation Workshop Featuring Poems from Mexican-Scottish Poet Juana Adcock. 11:00 to 11:50: (Un)translatability: An Special Interview with Emily Apter and Mark Mellor. 12:00 to 12:50: Tongue Tied: Performance of Martin Sorrel’s Award-Winning Short Story, Performed by Performance Artist and Musician Kate Cameron (Followed by Discussion) 13:10 to 14:00: Translating with the Professionals - with the ITI South West. 14:30 to 15:00: International Bounce and Rhyme (for children under 5) 15:00 to 15:50: Performance: La traductrice et la grenouille (The Translator and the Frog). 16:00 to 16:50: What Makes a Good Translation? A Conversation with Award-Winning Literary Translators Andrea Reece and Daniel Hahn. 17:00 to 17:50: Performing Religions: Translation, Live Art and Exploration of the Self. 18:00 to 18:30 Performance: Mα ποια πάπια (I’m Not a Pheasant Plucker). All in the Rougemont Room. In the Library foyer at 10:00; 11:00; 12:00 and 14:30 there will be Wordkeys: The 4D Translation Game (45 minutes). In the Rougemont Lounge between 10.00 and 16.00 there will be Live Translation: The Spectacular Translation Machine (with Graphic Novels Les Culotées and La rivoluzione dei gelsomini). You can find a full programme rundown on the University of Exeter's website
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Library Lego Builders

On the last Monday of the month, come along and build a Lego creation at Exeter Library. Age 5 upwards. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The session will move if it falls on a Bank Holiday.
Date: 30 September 2019
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Description: On the last Monday of the month, come along and build a Lego creation at Exeter Library. Age 5 upwards. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The session will move if it falls on a Bank Holiday.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

Books with Buggies

We are a small, friendly book group for busy Parents & Carers who enjoy reading. We are an informal group so even if you haven’t read the whole book, 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:​ ‘Normal People' by Sally Rooney ​
Date: 01 October 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: We are a small, friendly book group for busy Parents & Carers who enjoy reading. We are an informal group so even if you haven’t read the whole book, 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:​ ‘Normal People' by Sally Rooney ​
Audience: All
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: 01 October 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: 01 October 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:

Exeter Reading Group

Every first Thursday of the month offers the opportunity to get together and discuss the 'Book of the Month'. Refreshments available. The group does have a waiting list - Please ring 0345 155 1001 for details.
Date: 03 October 2019
Time: 14:30 - 16:00
Description: Every first Thursday of the month offers the opportunity to get together and discuss the 'Book of the Month'. Refreshments available. The group does have a waiting list - Please ring 0345 155 1001 for details.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

FabLab Drop in sessions

Drop in to the FabLab and make a keyring on the Laser Cutter. This event is pat of Exeter Library's Fun Palaces programme.
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Drop in to the FabLab and make a keyring on the Laser Cutter. This event is pat of Exeter Library's Fun Palaces programme.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Fun Palaces

Ockment Valley Handbell Ringers

HAVE A GO ON HANDBELLS, HANDCHIMES, BELLEPLATES® NO NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TO ALL WORK AS A TEAM AND BE IMMERSED IN MUSIC Ockment Valley Handbell Ringers are a team in the South West Region. Contact them to learn about handbells, how you can be involved and become a handbell musician. http://www.sw.hrgb.org.uk. Handbells are less of a dong and more of a ding. Come along and have a go as you here the bells ring. Event in the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library.
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Description: HAVE A GO ON HANDBELLS, HANDCHIMES, BELLEPLATES® NO NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TO ALL WORK AS A TEAM AND BE IMMERSED IN MUSIC Ockment Valley Handbell Ringers are a team in the South West Region. Contact them to learn about handbells, how you can be involved and become a handbell musician. http://www.sw.hrgb.org.uk. Handbells are less of a dong and more of a ding. Come along and have a go as you here the bells ring. Event in the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Fun Palaces

The Rhythm of Life Choir

The Rhythm of Life choir, who hail from Exeter, are one of Exeter’s most popular rock/pop choirs! With boundless energy and an array of songs from Paul Simon, Elton John and Stevie Wonder through to Muse, Sia and Coldplay, they won’t fail to entertain! They are a ‘sing for your city’ award winning choir, with many performances under their belts. This is a choir not to be missed!’ Event in the foyer at Exeter Library.
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: The Rhythm of Life choir, who hail from Exeter, are one of Exeter’s most popular rock/pop choirs! With boundless energy and an array of songs from Paul Simon, Elton John and Stevie Wonder through to Muse, Sia and Coldplay, they won’t fail to entertain! They are a ‘sing for your city’ award winning choir, with many performances under their belts. This is a choir not to be missed!’ Event in the foyer at Exeter Library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Fun Palaces

UrbanFlow Street Dance workshop

Urbanflow is a movement and culture of streetdance. Come along to a free workshop to give it a try. The session will be in the foyer of Exeter Library as part of the Fun Palaces programme.
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Urbanflow is a movement and culture of streetdance. Come along to a free workshop to give it a try. The session will be in the foyer of Exeter Library as part of the Fun Palaces programme.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Fun Palaces

Meet the Author

Meet author Edith Fassnidge from 2 - 4pm in the café area of Exeter Library. …..Rinse, Spin, Repeat is a graphic memoir about Edith Fassnidge’s experience of surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was named graphic novel of the month by The Guardian in 2016.
Date: 06 October 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Meet author Edith Fassnidge from 2 - 4pm in the café area of Exeter Library. …..Rinse, Spin, Repeat is a graphic memoir about Edith Fassnidge’s experience of surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was named graphic novel of the month by The Guardian in 2016. "Rinse, Spin, Repeat will capture the heart of anyone who has wondered how it's possible to keep going when everything around you crumbles.” Free event.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Scottish Dancing

Have a got at traditional Scottish dancing! This event is part of Exeter Library's Fun Palaces programme
Date: 06 October 2019
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Description: Have a got at traditional Scottish dancing! This event is part of Exeter Library's Fun Palaces programme
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Fun Palaces

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: 07 October 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:

Shared Reading Group

This 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. Next sessions 24th October, 7th November, 21st, November, 5th December, 19th December.
Date: 10 October 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Description: This 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. Next sessions 24th October, 7th November, 21st, November, 5th December, 19th December.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:

StoryTalks: Graphic Novels

As part of an exciting new season of work, acclaimed performer, storyteller and award-winning author Steven Camden (PolarBear) will be hosting a series of conversations with some of the countries most exciting and well renowned writers live from Exeter Library. In this session PolarBear will be joined by graphic novelists Jeff Winterhart (Driving Short Distances - Penguin Books) and Katriona Chapman (Follow Me In - Avery Hill). Together they will discuss their inspiration, and how they are breaking new ground in their use of graphics and storytelling to create 3-dimensional work for this ever populat medium. Tickets are £8 (£6 for under 18s). Book your tickets through the libraries unlimited <a href=website." />
Date: 10 October 2019
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Description: As part of an exciting new season of work, acclaimed performer, storyteller and award-winning author Steven Camden (PolarBear) will be hosting a series of conversations with some of the countries most exciting and well renowned writers live from Exeter Library. In this session PolarBear will be joined by graphic novelists Jeff Winterhart (Driving Short Distances - Penguin Books) and Katriona Chapman (Follow Me In - Avery Hill). Together they will discuss their inspiration, and how they are breaking new ground in their use of graphics and storytelling to create 3-dimensional work for this ever populat medium. Tickets are £8 (£6 for under 18s). Book your tickets through the libraries unlimited website.
Audience: All
Cost: £8.00
Theme:

Start-up Day 2019

Do you have a fantastic idea for a business? Find out how to turn your business dream into a reality with a day of workshops and inspirational talks designed to you get started on your path to start-up success. Join us as we celebrate Start-up Day 2019 with a line-up of top speakers including: ● Why IBISWorld is valuable for Start-ups and Small by Alstair Benham of IBISWorld ● Introduction to Intellectual Property by Sanjay Raphael of Stephens Scown Solicitors ● 5 ways to make great marketing videos on any budget by Alex Wren of Bitpod ● Legal Mistakes that Start-ups Make (and how to avoid them) by Leanne Yendle & Victoria Matthews of Cartidges Law. The day includes morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch. Book your FREE ticket at <a href=Eventbrite" />
Date: 11 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Description: Do you have a fantastic idea for a business? Find out how to turn your business dream into a reality with a day of workshops and inspirational talks designed to you get started on your path to start-up success. Join us as we celebrate Start-up Day 2019 with a line-up of top speakers including: ● Why IBISWorld is valuable for Start-ups and Small by Alstair Benham of IBISWorld ● Introduction to Intellectual Property by Sanjay Raphael of Stephens Scown Solicitors ● 5 ways to make great marketing videos on any budget by Alex Wren of Bitpod ● Legal Mistakes that Start-ups Make (and how to avoid them) by Leanne Yendle & Victoria Matthews of Cartidges Law. The day includes morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch. Book your FREE ticket at Eventbrite
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme:

Mama G at Exeter Library for a story time with a difference

Come and join Mama G at Exeter Library for story time with a difference. Combining panto, drag and the traditional art of story-telling: Mama G will be sharing tales that celebrate being who you are and loving who you want. This performance will feature published works and new writing that will make you laugh, think and love. Everyone attending requires to purchase a ticket i.e - 2 children and 1 adult would require 3 tickets. Purchase your tickets in the library or through <a href=Eventbrite" />
Date: 12 October 2019
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Description: Come and join Mama G at Exeter Library for story time with a difference. Combining panto, drag and the traditional art of story-telling: Mama G will be sharing tales that celebrate being who you are and loving who you want. This performance will feature published works and new writing that will make you laugh, think and love. Everyone attending requires to purchase a ticket i.e - 2 children and 1 adult would require 3 tickets. Purchase your tickets in the library or through Eventbrite
Audience: Child
Cost: £2.00
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Contact us:

Emily Macaulay

Email: Exeter Library
Tel: 01392 407027

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Exeter
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