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Exeter Library

Exeter Library Development

What's On at Exeter Library

May 2014

Please take a look at our opening programme of events image - PDF icon (452KB - pdf help)

There's something for everyone, including:

  • Half term events that are full of surprises!
  • Events for families and children, including craft sessions and a visit from author Philip Reeve
  • A workshop on writing your novel with crime writer Simon Hall
  • A chance to meet 3 great authors for a Girls Night Out
  • Tea-time talks by local authors
  • Storytime events for younger children
  • Spectacular shows by award-winning troupe of clowns, Le Navet Bête
  • Adult Learners Week events such as researching your family tree and getting to grips with your gadget
  • Events to help you launch and develop your business

.....and more!

Most events are free and there's no need to book, just come along. If you would like to book a ticket for any of the events listed below, please follow the link. If there is a cost for the ticket, you can pay on the day.

Inspirational Entrepreneurs - Book here

Finance for Growth - Book here

Ben Kane - Mud, Sweat and Tears - Sorry, this event has been cancelled. We hope that Ben will be able to come to Exeter Library at a later date.

Le Navet Bête workshop - Book here

Getting your IP right first time - Book here

Rebecca Gethin - War, Madness and Horses - Book here

Philip Reeve - Goblin Quest - Book here

Rachel North - Ambition, Words and Marketing - Book here

Simon Hall - Novel writing - Book here

Girls Night Out - Book here

February 2014

The re-developed Exeter Library will re-open on Thursday 22 May. The temporary library will close on Thursday 17 April. During the closure period, St Thomas Library will extend its opening hours to:

Monday 09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00

Thursday 09:00 - 18:00

Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

February 2014

Thank you to all who took part in the consultation on the future provision of library services across the city of Exeter.

The results of the public consultation can be found here:

Exeter Central Library image - PDF icon (198KB - pdf help)
St Thomas Library image - PDF icon (165KB - pdf help)
Pinhoe Library image - PDF icon (50KB - pdf help)
Topsham Library image - PDF icon (108KB - pdf help)

January 2014

Read the latest press release - Crowds expected to catch first look of the refurbished Exeter Library

September 2013

Future Provision of Library Services in Exeter

Between Monday 30th September and Monday 11th November you can have your say in the future provision of libraries across the city of Exeter.

There is an opportunity to tell us what books and resources you would like to see in the redeveloped Exeter Central Library and to get involved with workshops exploring how we ensure the very best range of books is available in the reopened library. We would like your views on the most convenient opening hours and what events and activities you would like to attend at the library.

You are also invited to give your opinions on future plans for the three other libraries in the city, Pinhoe, St Thomas and Topsham.

If you would like to take part in this survey, the questionnaire is available here Help Shape Plans for Exeter Central Library. Paper copies can be collected from Exeter Central, Pinhoe, St Thomas and Topsham libraries.

June 2013

View the latest pictures of the development work on Flickr.

May 2013

The latest design proposals from interior designers HMY Radford are available to view on Flickr

April 2013

Construction work has started to transform the Central Library into a first class facility for information, learning and culture.

Read the latest newsletter here, which includes details of a series of drop in events to be held on the ground floor of the temporary library this month. This is a chance to view the latest designs and find out more about the next stage of the project. to view the latest designs and find out about the next stage of the project.

December 2012

We're back! The temporary library, in Castle Street is now open. Thank you for your patience and support, we look forward to seeing you once again in our new home.

December Newsletter

September 2012

Exeter Central Library closure infoWe'll soon be on the move! Exeter Central Library will close on Saturday 3rd November for the duration of the redevelopment works. When the library is closed, you will be able to return items to a drop-box outside the main library entrance and renew items online or by calling 0845 155 1001. In addition, St Thomas Library will open on Wednesdays and for longer on Saturdays throughout November. Exeter Central Temporary Library will open in Castle Street, at 9:00 on Monday 3rd December.

In response to your requests to hold a drop-in session on a Saturday, the latest drawings and information about the redevelopment project will be on show in the Children's Library this Saturday (29th September) between 10:00 and 13:00. For more information please visit The News Centre

August 2012

Read our August Newsletter.

July 2012

First look at what Exeter Central Library could look like following £4.1m revamp - read the latest in the News Centre. View images in our Photo gallery

April 2012

Read the April Newsletter and find out how to subscribe here>>

February 2012

The first phase of stakeholder engagement concluded in January. The project team has now analysed all the information from the 500+ questionnaires and the focus group sessions.

In summary, people supported the ideas of:

  • Improving the sense of arrival
  • Improving views and creating an entrance in to Rougemont Gardens
  • Increasing the size of the children’s library
  • Creating a dedicated teen space
  • Creating dedicated quiet study space
  • Improving access within the building for people with mobility difficulties
  • Improving heating and ventilation within the library

For more information on the findings please follow this link - Community shares transformation vision for city’s flagship library

Based upon these findings a design brief has been written and given to the projects architect. The architect and design  team are currently working up design proposals for the library. These proposals with estimated costs will be ready for the County Councils cabinet to review and consider on 14th March.

Lastly, an additional £400,000 has been identified for the project to contribute towards sustainable energy and access improvements.

December 2011

A focus group for users of the Reference Library will be held on Tuesday 10th January.  This will take place in the IT Training Suite between 11:00 and 12:00.  Places are limited so please book your place by leaving your name at the Reference Library help desk, by telephoning 01392 380561 or emailing lesley.salter devon.gov.uk.

November 2011

Exeter Central Library Development - Artists Impression image - PDF icon (1.54MB - pdf help)

More than £3.7 million is to be spent on a major facelift of Exeter Central Library.  The multi-million pound investment will bring the library into the 21st century, and secure its place at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter alongside the revamped city museum, Phoenix Arts Centre and Exeter Castle.

Our vision is to modernise and improve the library so that it meets people's changing needs for learning, information and culture.

The money available will be put to best use by improving accessibility, addressing elements of the 1960s fabric of the building and creating a flexible layout, which can accommodate a range of activities and services.

Suggested improvements to the library include adding an entrance into Rougemont Gardens and landscaping the area to the front of the library creating a new social meeting place to create an improved sense of arrival. The improvements will provide a gateway between the High Street, Cultural Quarter and Rougemont Gardens.

Click on the artists impression above for a more detailed image (pdf).

Increasing the size of the children’s library and the teenage area, installing  Wi-Fi throughout the building, a study area, a café and a 24 hour return facility are other suggestions that could turn Exeter Central into a flagship library that offers first-class modern information, learning and computer facilities.

Changes will be made to make the library a more comfortable environment by improving the heating control throughout the building. In addition, photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the roof as part of the project.

Initial consultation results will feed into the development of a detailed design for the building. It is expected that building work could start early in 2013 with a new building open for use during 2014.


Community engagement starts this month with a wide range of activities planned.

Public consultation starts on Thursday 10 November:

  • Questionnaires will be available at Exeter Central, Pinhoe, and Topsham libraries as well as online. Residents in St Thomas will also have the option to collect and return their questionnaires to the library drop off boxes at the health food store and the St Thomas branch of the Natwest bank.
  • On street surveys will take place in the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Wednesday 23rd and Saturday 26th November, between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Also, at the new Waitrose in Heavitree Road on Friday 25th November, between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
  • Open events will be held.
  • Focus groups will take place with key groups in the community; including children, teenagers and families as well as people with disabilities as improving physical access to the building is an important element in the redevelopment.

A range of wider stakeholder meetings are also planned including staff workshops, discussions with Exeter City Council and other cultural quarter partners.


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