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Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. Find out more about our services and changes from 17th May. Services may differ per library. Learn more on our Covid-19 updates page.

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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 Sheila O'Flanagan
Join us as Exeter Library's Karen hosts an online In Conversation event with Sheila O'Flanagan, author of nearly 30 bestselling chart-toppers, including number one bestsellers, The Women Who Ran Away, Her Husband’s Mistake and The Missing Wife.</br> After working in banking and finance for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing blossomed into curating stories about relationships in all their many forms.</br></br> For more information about the event or to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://fb.me/e/24OToDu4D'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 26 May 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us as Exeter Library's Karen hosts an online In Conversation event with Sheila O'Flanagan, author of nearly 30 bestselling chart-toppers, including number one bestsellers, The Women Who Ran Away, Her Husband’s Mistake and The Missing Wife.
After working in banking and finance for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing blossomed into curating stories about relationships in all their many forms.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Exeter Library In Conversation
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: Exeter Library In Conversation
In Conversation with Ed O’Loughlin
Join us for an online In Conversation with writer Ed O'Loughlin talking about his new novel 'This Eden'. Fast-moving, exhilarating and tense, 'This Eden' is both a classic spy novel and speculative fiction for the here and the now.</br> Ed grew up in Kildare town, Ireland, where he moved from his native Toronto, Canada, aged six. His first novel, 'Not Untrue & Not Unkind' was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. Ed lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.</br></br> For more information about the event or to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://fb.me/e/26K04rahB'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 29 June 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation with writer Ed O'Loughlin talking about his new novel 'This Eden'. Fast-moving, exhilarating and tense, 'This Eden' is both a classic spy novel and speculative fiction for the here and the now.
Ed grew up in Kildare town, Ireland, where he moved from his native Toronto, Canada, aged six. His first novel, 'Not Untrue & Not Unkind' was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. Ed lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Exeter Library In Conversation
In Conversation with Jane Corry
Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with Sunday Times best selling author Jane Corry, chatting about her new book 'The Lies We Tell', which will be published on the 24 June 2021.</br> Jane is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. This often-hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times-bestselling psychological thrillers, My Husband's Wife, Blood Sisters, The Dead Ex and I Looked Away, which have been published in more than 35 countries.</br></br> For more information about the event or to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://fb.me/e/d1Eo0mvP8'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 22 June 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with Sunday Times best selling author Jane Corry, chatting about her new book 'The Lies We Tell', which will be published on the 24 June 2021.
Jane is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. This often-hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times-bestselling psychological thrillers, My Husband's Wife, Blood Sisters, The Dead Ex and I Looked Away, which have been published in more than 35 countries.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Exeter Library In Conversation
In Conversation with Matt Cain
Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with author Matt Cain, talking about his new book 'The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle'.</br> As well as an author, Matt Cain is a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He was Channel 4's first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.</br></br> For more information about the event or to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://fb.me/e/1pSdDwDpS'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 03 June 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join Exeter Library's Karen for an online In Conversation event with author Matt Cain, talking about his new book 'The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle'.
As well as an author, Matt Cain is a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He was Channel 4's first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Exeter Library In Conversation
In Conversation with Elodie Harper & Jennifer Saint
Join us for a double bill In Conversation event online, with Elodie Harper and Jennifer Saint as they chat about their new books 'The Wolf Den' and 'Ariadne'.</br></br> Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize-winning short story writer. Her story 'Wild Swimming' won the 2016 Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition, which was judged by Stephen King. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia.</br></br> Due to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. She spent the next thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students. Ariadne is her first novel and she is working on another retelling of ancient myth for her second.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/912754795933932/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 06 July 2021
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Description: Join us for a double bill In Conversation event online, with Elodie Harper and Jennifer Saint as they chat about their new books 'The Wolf Den' and 'Ariadne'.

Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize-winning short story writer. Her story 'Wild Swimming' won the 2016 Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition, which was judged by Stephen King. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia.

Due to a lifelong fascination with Ancient Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint read Classical Studies at King’s College, London. She spent the next thirteen years as an English teacher, sharing a love of literature and creative writing with her students. Ariadne is her first novel and she is working on another retelling of ancient myth for her second.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Exeter Library In Conversation
Online Storytime
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: 22 May 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: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online
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: 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
Online Bounce and Rhyme
Treat your little ones to a bounce and sing song, every Tuesday at 11am.</br></br> Join us and watch live online via our Facebook page <a href='https://www.facebook.com/ExeterLibrary'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 25 May 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Treat your little ones to a bounce and sing song, every Tuesday at 11am.

Join us and watch live online via our Facebook page here.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Online
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Contact us:

Callum Elliot-Archer

Email: Exeter Library
Tel: 01392 407027

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Exeter
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