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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

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Storytime Online at Exeter Library - Every Saturday
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: 15 January 2022
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
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IT Drop-in at Exeter Library (Monday 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> <b>Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.</b></br> Seated in the Adult Crime 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: 17 January 2022
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 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:
Bounce and Rhyme - Every Tuesday at Exeter Library (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> As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on <b>Tuesdays</b> and <b>Thursdays.</b></br></br> No need to book.</br></br>
Date: 18 January 2022
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.

As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

No need to book.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme - Every Tuesday at Exeter Library (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> As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on <b>Tuesdays</b> and <b>Thursdays.</b></br></br> No need to book.</br></br>
Date: 18 January 2022
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.

As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

No need to book.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
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> <b>Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.</b></br> Seated in the Adult Crime 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: 19 January 2022
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 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:
Bounce and Rhyme - Every Thursday at Exeter Library (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> As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on <b>Tuesdays</b> and <b>Thursdays.</b></br></br> No need to book.</br></br>
Date: 20 January 2022
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.

As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

No need to book.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Bounce and Rhyme - Every Thursday at Exeter Library (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> As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.</br> 10am and 11am on <b>Tuesdays</b> and <b>Thursdays.</b></br></br> No need to book.</br></br>
Date: 20 January 2022
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.

As spaces are limited we are now doing 4 sessions a week.
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

No need to book.

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
IT Drop-in at Exeter Library (Friday 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> <b>Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm.</b></br> Seated in the Adult Crime 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: 21 January 2022
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 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:
Storytime In The Library! at Exeter Library - Every Friday
Storytime for young readers is back at Exeter Library! From 26th November Storytime will be happening in the library every Friday at 11am.</br></br> If you're not quite ready, we will still be presenting an Online Storytime session, live every Saturday at 11am on Facebook. .</br></br>
Date: 21 January 2022
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Storytime for young readers is back at Exeter Library! From 26th November Storytime will be happening in the library every Friday at 11am.

If you're not quite ready, we will still be presenting an Online Storytime session, live every Saturday at 11am on Facebook. .

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
In Conversation Virtual Night In with Exeter Library and Books in the City
Exeter Library and Books in the City presents a Facebook live In Conversation Virtual Night In.</br></br> Join Penny Parkes, Eva Verde, Caroline Bishop, and Helen Fisher on 25th January for an online In Conversation event 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: 25 January 2022
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Exeter Library and Books in the City presents a Facebook live In Conversation Virtual Night In.

Join Penny Parkes, Eva Verde, Caroline Bishop, and Helen Fisher on 25th January for an online In Conversation event 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:
Exeter Library In Conversation with Diane Chamberlain and Cathy Kelly
We are thrilled to be welcoming two queens of fiction for an online In Conversation event with Exeter Library.</br> Join Karen as she chats to hugely popular best-selling authors Diane Chamberlain and Cathy Kelly about their latest books.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, for what promises to be a fascinating talk with these two internationally successful authors, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/299547995417594/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 31 January 2022
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: We are thrilled to be welcoming two queens of fiction for an online In Conversation event with Exeter Library.
Join Karen as she chats to hugely popular best-selling authors Diane Chamberlain and Cathy Kelly about their latest books.

For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, for what promises to be a fascinating talk with these two internationally successful authors, click here.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme:
Exeter Library In Conversation with Noelle Holten
Join us for an online In Conversation event with Noelle Holten, when she will be chatting to us about the latest in the DC Maggie Jamieson series, Dead Mercy.</br> Noelle is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk as well as the PR and Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK.</br></br> Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Master’s in Criminology. Noelle's hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the book love via her blog.</br></br> For more information about the event and to join us live on Facebook, click <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/437708874527837/'>here</a>. </br></br>
Date: 01 February 2022
Time: 19:00 - 19:45
Description: Join us for an online In Conversation event with Noelle Holten, when she will be chatting to us about the latest in the DC Maggie Jamieson series, Dead Mercy.
Noelle is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk as well as the PR and Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK.

Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Master’s in Criminology. Noelle's hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the book love via her blog.

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

Audience: Adult
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> 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='raspberrypi.org/jam'>raspberrypi.org/jam</a>.</br></br>
Date: 05 February 2022
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:
Eat Like a Tudor - Show and Tell Workshop
Have you ever wondered what people ate in Tudor times? This event for adults at Exeter's oldest building, St Nicholas Priory, takes you on a foodie tour of Tudor times.</br></br> <b>Event in partnership with and taking place at St Nicholas Priory.</b></br></br> Tickets available from Exeter Library</br> £5 for adults. £3 concessions</br></br>
Date: 26 February 2022
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Description: Have you ever wondered what people ate in Tudor times? This event for adults at Exeter's oldest building, St Nicholas Priory, takes you on a foodie tour of Tudor times.

Event in partnership with and taking place at St Nicholas Priory.

Tickets available from Exeter Library
£5 for adults. £3 concessions

Audience: Adult
Cost: £5.00
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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