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Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. 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 Nicci French
We are excited to be joined by journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who write under the pseudonym of Nicci French.</br> There are 23 novels by Nicci French, including the bestselling Frieda Klein series, published in thirty-one languages.</br> Nicci and Sean have sold in excess of 15 million copies of their novels worldwide and will be talking to Exeter Library's Karen about their latest novel The Unheard.</br></br> Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/251204076600214/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 21 September 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: We are excited to be joined by journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who write under the pseudonym of Nicci French.
There are 23 novels by Nicci French, including the bestselling Frieda Klein series, published in thirty-one languages.
Nicci and Sean have sold in excess of 15 million copies of their novels worldwide and will be talking to Exeter Library's Karen about their latest novel The Unheard.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

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
Northcott Theatre's Adventure Hour (SOLD OUT)
Join Exeter Northcott Theatre at the Library this Autumn for Adventure Hour: a series of free creative sessions for families with children.</br> The sessions are suitable for most little ones, but are best for ages 2 – 4.</br></br> In each session, we will go on an exciting adventure together – exploring new places, moving our bodies, singing songs, telling stories, and making something to take home with us.</br> Grown-ups can join in too: Adventure Hour is a chance to play and create together.</br></br> Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.</br> For more information about the event and to book tickets, click <a href='https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/get-creative/wellbeing-and-performance-projects/adventure-hour/adventure-hour-exeter-library/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 25 September 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Description: Join Exeter Northcott Theatre at the Library this Autumn for Adventure Hour: a series of free creative sessions for families with children.
The sessions are suitable for most little ones, but are best for ages 2 – 4.

In each session, we will go on an exciting adventure together – exploring new places, moving our bodies, singing songs, telling stories, and making something to take home with us.
Grown-ups can join in too: Adventure Hour is a chance to play and create together.

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more information about the event and to book tickets, click here.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Part of the Unfinished Business Season
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: 25 September 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:
Exeter Herstory: An Unfinished Fight for Women’s Rights
Exeter Herstory is the launch of a storytelling series diving into feminist histories to consider new pathways for change and action in the gender equality movement.</br> Join us to explore this and other questions over dinner, alongside an evening lively of talks from activists, thinkers and poets leading feminist movements in Exeter.</br></br> Women will be central to this conversation but this event is open to everyone.</br></br> This event is part of Collections in Verse, a national partnership project between Poet in the City, British Library and Libraries Unlimited.</br></br> For more information about the event and to book your free tickets, visit <a href='https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exeter-herstory-an-unfinished-fight-for-womens-rights-tickets-166036731333'>Eventbrite here</a>.</br></br>
Date: 28 September 2021
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Description: Exeter Herstory is the launch of a storytelling series diving into feminist histories to consider new pathways for change and action in the gender equality movement.
Join us to explore this and other questions over dinner, alongside an evening lively of talks from activists, thinkers and poets leading feminist movements in Exeter.

Women will be central to this conversation but this event is open to everyone.

This event is part of Collections in Verse, a national partnership project between Poet in the City, British Library and Libraries Unlimited.

For more information about the event and to book your free tickets, visit Eventbrite here.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Part of the Unfinished Business Season
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
Exeter Pi Jam
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: 02 October 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:
Fun Palace at Exeter Library
Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.</br></br> We become a Fun Palace for a weekend and will host a number of fun, free activities for you and your family throughout each day. What exciting things will the community bring in?</br></br> For more information about Fun Palaces, visit <a href='https://funpalaces.co.uk/'>funpalaces.co.uk</a>.</br></br> For updates on the planned activities at Exeter Library, visit <a href='https://funpalaces.co.uk/fun-palace/exeter-library-fun-palace/#fp-description'>Exeter Library Fun Palace</a>.</br></br>
Date: 02 October 2021
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.

We become a Fun Palace for a weekend and will host a number of fun, free activities for you and your family throughout each day. What exciting things will the community bring in?

For more information about Fun Palaces, visit funpalaces.co.uk.

For updates on the planned activities at Exeter Library, visit Exeter Library Fun Palace.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Fun Palaces
Fun Palace at Exeter Library
Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.</br></br> We become a Fun Palace for a weekend and will host a number of fun, free activities for you and your family throughout each day. What exciting things will the community bring in?</br></br> For more information about Fun Palaces, visit <a href='https://funpalaces.co.uk/'>funpalaces.co.uk</a>.</br></br> For updates on the planned activities at Exeter Library, visit <a href='https://funpalaces.co.uk/fun-palace/exeter-library-fun-palace/#fp-description'>Exeter Library Fun Palace</a>.</br></br>
Date: 03 October 2021
Time: 12:00 - 16:00
Description: Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.

We become a Fun Palace for a weekend and will host a number of fun, free activities for you and your family throughout each day. What exciting things will the community bring in?

For more information about Fun Palaces, visit funpalaces.co.uk.

For updates on the planned activities at Exeter Library, visit Exeter Library Fun Palace.

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Fun Palaces
In Conversation with Milly Johnson, Nicola May and Kim Nash
We are thrilled to be holding a triple author In Conversation event with Milly Johnson, Nicola May and Kim Nash.</br> The three authors will be chatting to Exeter Library's Karen about their latest books, how they write and much more.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/584506669594676/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 05 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: We are thrilled to be holding a triple author In Conversation event with Milly Johnson, Nicola May and Kim Nash.
The three authors will be chatting to Exeter Library's Karen about their latest books, how they write and much more.

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
The Women as Usual Were the Beginning of the Disturbance: Podcast and Film Premier
In Spring 2021 Libraries Unlimited and Quay Words invited Tolu Agbelusi to be their shared writer-in-residence at Exeter Library and Exeter Custom House, with the aim of exploring the stories of Exeter’s remarkable women. This poem is the result of that residency.
Date: 07 October 2021
Time: 9:00 - 19:00
Description: In Spring 2021 Libraries Unlimited and Quay Words invited Tolu Agbelusi to be their shared writer-in-residence at Exeter Library and Exeter Custom House, with the aim of exploring the stories of Exeter’s remarkable women. This poem is the result of that residency.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Part of the Unfinished Business Season
Northcott Theatre's Adventure Hour (SOLD OUT)
Join Exeter Northcott Theatre at the Library this Autumn for Adventure Hour: a series of free creative sessions for families with children.</br> The sessions are suitable for most little ones, but are best for ages 2 – 4.</br></br> In each session, we will go on an exciting adventure together – exploring new places, moving our bodies, singing songs, telling stories, and making something to take home with us.</br> Grown-ups can join in too: Adventure Hour is a chance to play and create together.</br></br> Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.</br> For more information about the event and to book tickets, click <a href='https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/get-creative/wellbeing-and-performance-projects/adventure-hour/adventure-hour-exeter-library/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 09 October 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Description: Join Exeter Northcott Theatre at the Library this Autumn for Adventure Hour: a series of free creative sessions for families with children.
The sessions are suitable for most little ones, but are best for ages 2 – 4.

In each session, we will go on an exciting adventure together – exploring new places, moving our bodies, singing songs, telling stories, and making something to take home with us.
Grown-ups can join in too: Adventure Hour is a chance to play and create together.

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more information about the event and to book tickets, click here.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Part of the Unfinished Business Season
In Conversation with Sandie Jones
Join us as for an online In Conversation event with Sandie Jones as she talks to Exeter Library's Karen about her new book 'The Guilt Trip'.</br> This a dark and twisty psychological thriller from the author of the Reese Witherspoon book club favourite 'The Other Woman'.</br></br> A freelance journalist, she has contributed to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly and Hello magazine. She lives in London with her husband and three children.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/347375807106933/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 11 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us as for an online In Conversation event with Sandie Jones as she talks to Exeter Library's Karen about her new book 'The Guilt Trip'.
This a dark and twisty psychological thriller from the author of the Reese Witherspoon book club favourite 'The Other Woman'.

A freelance journalist, she has contributed to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly and Hello magazine. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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 Kate Lord Brown
Join us for an online In Conversation event with author Kate Lord Brown talking about her book 'A Summer at the Castle'.</br></br> Kate was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author contest, and her novel 'The Perfume Garden', which has been published in nine languages, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014. She was regional winner of the BBC International Radio Playwriting competition this year, and she holds an MA in Creative Writing. Her books have been top ten bestsellers in the UK, Canada, and several European countries. In 2020 she was highly commended in the RNA Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/202115791788530/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 18 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation event with author Kate Lord Brown talking about her book 'A Summer at the Castle'.

Kate was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author contest, and her novel 'The Perfume Garden', which has been published in nine languages, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014. She was regional winner of the BBC International Radio Playwriting competition this year, and she holds an MA in Creative Writing. Her books have been top ten bestsellers in the UK, Canada, and several European countries. In 2020 she was highly commended in the RNA Elizabeth Goudge Trophy.

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
The Glass Room Exhibition
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. It examines the relationship between personal data, targeting and our opinions, views and behaviours, as well as the business models behind it.
Date: 18 October 2021
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: 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. It examines the relationship between personal data, targeting and our opinions, views and behaviours, as well as the business models behind it.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:
In Conversation with Mary Paulson-Ellis
Join us for an online In Conversation event with Mary Paulson-Ellis, bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker, a Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.</br> Mary will be chatting to Exeter Library's Karen about Emily Noble's Disgrace, her new book published in August 2021.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/150392030553339/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 19 October 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation event with Mary Paulson-Ellis, bestselling author of The Other Mrs Walker, a Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.
Mary will be chatting to Exeter Library's Karen about Emily Noble's Disgrace, her new book published in August 2021.

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
Harry The Hippopotamus Storytime with Andy Cooper
Join us for this special storytime session with Andy Cooper, author of Harry The Hippopotamus.
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.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Stories and Colouring with Triona Harris
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:
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:
In Conversation with Dominic Nolan
Join us for an online In Conversation with crime writer Dominic Nolan.</br> Dominic is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Past Life and After Dark both of which received glowing reviews from press and fellow authors alike. Dominic has been shortlisted for a CWA Short Story Dagger 2021.</br></br> Dominic will be talking to us about his new book Vine Street. Vine Street, set in 1930s Soho, blends caustic wit, rich characterisation and emotional punch – mixing fact and fiction, people real and imagined – to achieve a dazzling literary crime novel.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/368593851387759/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 22 November 2021
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation with crime writer Dominic Nolan.
Dominic is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Past Life and After Dark both of which received glowing reviews from press and fellow authors alike. Dominic has been shortlisted for a CWA Short Story Dagger 2021.

Dominic will be talking to us about his new book Vine Street. Vine Street, set in 1930s Soho, blends caustic wit, rich characterisation and emotional punch – mixing fact and fiction, people real and imagined – to achieve a dazzling literary crime novel.

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

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Wed 10:00 - 18:00
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Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Sun 12:00 - 16:00


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Contact us:

Callum Elliot-Archer

Email: Exeter Library
Tel: 01392 407027

Find us:

Exeter Library
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Exeter
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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