The University Library has exceptionally strong holdings in all main areas of our curriculum; new items are acquired on a regular basis, and many key resources can also be obtained electronically. The main holdings of books and audio-visual materials are in the New Library, Stocker Road. The Research Commons (Old Library), Prince of Wales Road, houses a number of special collections and a supplementary collection of lesser known authors and materials from all periods. The library catalogue, electronic library and other resources are accessible via the website here:


The library offers tours during Welcome Week and thereafter, and runs virtual and in-person training sessions on how to make the most of their facilities. Students also have access to the Devon and Exeter Institute Library and the Cathedral Library.  See web link (via Library Home page) for details.
The University library administers, but does not own:

1. The Devon and Exeter Institute Library (Cathedral Close, Exeter). This has a good collection of local history and topography.

2. The Cathedral Library (Diocesan House, Palace Gate, Exeter). This collection is largely theological and liturgical. There are also important holdings in local history and a remarkable collection of works on early science and medicine. Its most prized possession is one of the four manuscripts which contain the greater part of Anglo-Saxon poetry: the 10th-century codex known as the Exeter Book. See:http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/learning/library-and-archives1/library-and-archives.ashx

Students are welcome to consult material in both libraries. The Devon and Exeter Institute Library is open from 9am-5pm, and the Cathedral library is open in the afternoons only (2-5pm).

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture and film resources in the main library:
Based in the Research Commons (Old Library), Prince of Wales Road, the Centre houses an archive of 20,000 books and 30,000 other items relating to the history of cinema and related popular visual media. Materials in the centre are accessible through the Special Collections and Bill Douglas Centre Reading Room, open weekdays 10-1 and 2-5. For more information visit the Centre’s website:


The library also houses 9,000 feature films and TV programmes on video and dvd and the largest collection of Jazz and Blues recordings in the UK.

The Centre for Victorian Studies
Exeter’s major resources in the field of Victorian studies include the University Library’s wide ranging holdings from the Victorian and Edwardian period, especially its runs of periodicals and illustrated journals; special collections within the Library, such as the John Betjeman Collection, which is very strong on topographical and architectural materials, and the Hypatia Collection, which concentrates on women’s history and writings; the outstanding resources on Victorian visual culture and entertainment in the Bill Douglas Centre; the Devon and Exeter Institution’s extensive holdings of nineteenth-century historical and antiquarian texts and periodicals; major resources outside the immediate orbit of the University, particularly National Trust libraries in Devon. One of the University’s biggest Special Collections is the Chris Brooks Collection, which centres on Victorian and Edwardian literature, especially popular fiction, and on nineteenth-century architecture and visual arts, and is accessible through Special Collections in the Old Library.’
Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Resources
The Library has EEBO (Early English Books Online) and the ESTC (Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue) as well as an extensive microfilm collection of Eighteenth-Century periodical literature.  The University has acquired the phenomenal Eighteenth-Century Collection Online (ECCO) archive from 2005.  These can be accessed through the Library’s web pages.

Inter-library Loans: 
Books and articles needed for MA research but not held in the library may be ordered through the inter-library loan system, queries during the building work should be taken to the temporary issue desk. Vouchers to authorise payment for this service are obtained from the Department’s Postgraduate Administrator (limited number).   

Information Retrieval: 
The library’s computing system is available over the internet (http://lib.ex.ac.uk/search) and enables students to access a variety of national and international databases. PC clusters to enable students to do their own work in the library – word-processing and using the Internet etc. – are situated throughout the library.

Electronic Resources
The University hosts an excellent collection of electronic resources, including full-text databases, such as Project Muse and JSTOR, and searchable databases. Many key texts are now available as electronic books. These are invaluable research tools for students at all levels. Access these, using your user name and password, here: