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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

In Conversation with Phillipa Ashley, Sue Moorcroft & Bella Osborne
Join us for a bumper online In Conversation event with authors Phillipa Ashley, Sue Moorcroft and Bella Osborne. Exeter Library's Karen will be chatting to these best selling authors all about their new summer reads.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/554395735546896/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 17 August 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for a bumper online In Conversation event with authors Phillipa Ashley, Sue Moorcroft and Bella Osborne. Exeter Library's Karen will be chatting to these best selling authors all about their new summer reads.

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
In Conversation with Julie Anderson
Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with author Julie Anderson.</br> Julie Anderson worked in Westminster and Whitehall for a variety of government departments and agencies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This informed her first successful political thriller,' Plague'. She is currently writing the third in the series of novels featuring investigator Cassandra Fortune.</br></br> For more information about the event or to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://fb.me/e/4oCbjxGfl'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 03 August 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with author Julie Anderson.
Julie Anderson worked in Westminster and Whitehall for a variety of government departments and agencies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This informed her first successful political thriller,' Plague'. She is currently writing the third in the series of novels featuring investigator Cassandra Fortune.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online Author Event
In Conversation with Karen Hamilton
Join us for an online In Conversation event with Karen Hamilton, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend and The Last Wife.</br></br> Karen will be talking to us about her latest brilliant thriller The Ex-Husband, which is published on the 19 August.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/161962539251225/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 06 September 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation event with Karen Hamilton, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend and The Last Wife.

Karen will be talking to us about her latest brilliant thriller The Ex-Husband, which is published on the 19 August.

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
In Conversation with Caroline Hulse and Richard Roper
Join us for an online In Conversation double bill event with authors Caroline Hulse and Richard Roper. Both authors use humour within their writing, but also write powerfully and poignantly about growing up and the novels present a very honest vision of the world. They will be talking to us about their latest novels 'All The Fun Of The Fair' and 'When We Were Young'.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/946314179460898/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 08 September 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation double bill event with authors Caroline Hulse and Richard Roper. Both authors use humour within their writing, but also write powerfully and poignantly about growing up and the novels present a very honest vision of the world. They will be talking to us about their latest novels 'All The Fun Of The Fair' and 'When We Were Young'.

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
In Conversation - Virtual Night In
Exeter Library and Books In The City present an In Conversation Virtual Night In. Join Laura Bambrey, 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 Laura Bambrey, 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
Microbes & Microscopes with Sciencedipity
We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.</br></br> Suitable for Children 8+</br> Ticket price £7.50 per child</br></br> Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.</br></br>
Date: 05 August 2021
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Description: We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.

Suitable for Children 8+
Ticket price £7.50 per child

Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.

Audience: Child
Cost: £7.50
Theme:
Microbes & Microscopes with Sciencedipity
We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.</br></br> Suitable for Children 8+</br> Ticket price £7.50 per child</br></br> Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.</br></br>
Date: 05 August 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Description: We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.

Suitable for Children 8+
Ticket price £7.50 per child

Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.

Audience: Child
Cost: £7.50
Theme:
Microbes & Microscopes with Sciencedipity
We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.</br></br> Suitable for Children 8+</br> Ticket price £7.50 per child</br></br> Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.</br></br>
Date: 05 August 2021
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Description: We are delighted to announce that we are able to invite you to Exeter Library for a Microbes & Microscopes event, a fun science session brought to you by Sciencedipity.

Suitable for Children 8+
Ticket price £7.50 per child

Contact Exeter Library to book a place on one of the following sessions at 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00 or 14:30-15:30.

Audience: Child
Cost: £7.50
Theme:
Exeter Library's Special Collections 'White Glove' Experience
Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.</br></br> Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.</br></br> All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!</br></br> So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!</br></br> If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.</br></br> Booking is essential and tickets are available Free <a href='www.bit.ly/WhiteGlove2021'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 10 September 2021
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.

Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.

All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!

So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!

If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.

Booking is essential and tickets are available Free here.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Exeter Library's Special Collections 'White Glove' Experience
Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.</br></br> Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.</br></br> All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!</br></br> So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!</br></br> If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.</br></br> Booking is essential and tickets are available Free <a href='www.bit.ly/WhiteGlove2021'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 10 September 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.

Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.

All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!

So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!

If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.

Booking is essential and tickets are available Free here.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Exeter Library's Special Collections 'White Glove' Experience
Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.</br></br> Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.</br></br> All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!</br></br> So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!</br></br> If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.</br></br> Booking is essential and tickets are available Free <a href='www.bit.ly/WhiteGlove2021'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 15 September 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: Exeter Library has an extensive 'Special Collection' of books dating back as far as 1480! To celebrate Heritage Open Days, we would like to invite you to come into Exeter Library for a special viewing.

Usually, these books are available to view by appointment only, but we are inviting you to join us as we present a selection of old specimens from our collections, where you will be given the opportunity to touch and hold these very special books.

All of the items will be old and rare, and ALL are fascinating. Some even come with their own unique story!

So come and enjoy a rare opportunity to have the full 'white glove experience' with some of Devon's oldest and rarest books!

If you have attended this event before, we will have some of the same favourite items, but we will ensure there are some different items too.

Booking is essential and tickets are available Free here.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
In Conversation with Elle Connel
Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with Elle Connel.</br> Elle Connel is the pseudonym of Lucy Ribchester, whose previous novels, The Hourglass Factory and The Amber Shadows, were historical thrillers. Down by the Water is her first book as Elle Connel, described by Sunday Times as 'A chilling drama'</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/2008331982675347/'>here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 14 September 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with Elle Connel.
Elle Connel is the pseudonym of Lucy Ribchester, whose previous novels, The Hourglass Factory and The Amber Shadows, were historical thrillers. Down by the Water is her first book as Elle Connel, described by Sunday Times as 'A chilling drama'

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

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online Author Event
Mama G in Wild World Heroes and Elmer Storytime
We are excited that Mama G will be at Exeter Library on the 9 August at 4pm to celebrate this year's Summer Reading Challenge.</br> She's here to tell you more about Wild World Heroes, read an Elmer story (with kind permission of Andersen Press), and tell us some of her own stories.</br></br> Tickets cost £5 per family and are available from the library.
Date: 09 August 2021
Time: 16:00 - 16:30
Description: We are excited that Mama G will be at Exeter Library on the 9 August at 4pm to celebrate this year's Summer Reading Challenge.
She's here to tell you more about Wild World Heroes, read an Elmer story (with kind permission of Andersen Press), and tell us some of her own stories.

Tickets cost £5 per family and are available from the library.
Audience: Child
Cost: £5.00
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Exeter Library In Conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink
We are very excited to be holding an online In Conversation event, live on Facebook with acclaimed memoirist, Cathy Rentzenbrink.</br></br> Cathy, whose books include 'The Last Act of Love' and 'Dear Reader', will be talking to Exeter Library's Karen about her fiction debut 'Everyone Is Still Alive', a novel that has been described as funny and moving, intimate and wise.</br> The book explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/194328715907106/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 28 September 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: We are very excited to be holding an online In Conversation event, live on Facebook with acclaimed memoirist, Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Cathy, whose books include 'The Last Act of Love' and 'Dear Reader', will be talking to Exeter Library's Karen about her fiction debut 'Everyone Is Still Alive', a novel that has been described as funny and moving, intimate and wise.
The book explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.

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
Bounce and Rhyme Online
Treat your little ones to a bounce and sing song, every Tuesday at 11am.</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: 03 August 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Treat your little ones to a bounce and sing song, every Tuesday at 11am.

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

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online
'Stand up for your Planet' Children's Creative Competition
Make a picture, dream up a poem or tell a story.</br> Your work will be displayed in the library, and one lucky person will win a copy of the book 'Our Planet', the official book to accompany David Attenborough's Netflix series.</br></br> For more details and a chance to win, ask a member of staff at Exeter Library for an entry sheet available now!</br></br> 'Our Planet' is on The Reading Agencies Summer Reading Challenge book list and includes stunning illustrations from acclaimed Exeter artist, Richard Jones, who illustrated the animals and mural in Exeter's Children's library.</br></br> Last date for submission is Saturday 28th August 2021</br></br>
Date: 30 July 2021
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: Make a picture, dream up a poem or tell a story.
Your work will be displayed in the library, and one lucky person will win a copy of the book 'Our Planet', the official book to accompany David Attenborough's Netflix series.

For more details and a chance to win, ask a member of staff at Exeter Library for an entry sheet available now!

'Our Planet' is on The Reading Agencies Summer Reading Challenge book list and includes stunning illustrations from acclaimed Exeter artist, Richard Jones, who illustrated the animals and mural in Exeter's Children's library.

Last date for submission is Saturday 28th August 2021

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Storytime Online
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: 31 July 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: Online
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Opening hours

Mon 9:00 - 18:00
Tue 9:00 - 19:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 9:00 - 19:00
Fri 9:00 - 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

 

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:

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