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Partner organisation - Devon and Exeter Institution library

Devon and Exeter Institution library (DEI)


DEI library registration, visiting and booking a research desk:

The DEI offer a strictly limited number of sponsored memberships for current staff and students of University of Exeter.  For full details of how to register, visit and book a research desk in advance please visit the DEI website:


DEI library Catalogue:

Search our library catalogue here.

Our catalogue is hosted by the University of Exeter. To search through our collections, go to ‘advanced search’ and narrow the location to ‘Devon and Exeter Institute’.


Opening hours

Opening hours: 

Tuesdays-  10am to 5pm
Wednesdays– 10am to 5pm
Thursdays– 10am to 5pm
Fridays– 10am to 5pm
Saturdays- 10am-4pm.

For current information including opening across Christmas period please see the DEI website or contact them directly.

Address and contact details


Devon and Exeter Institution, 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ


Office: 01392 274727
Library: 01392 251017




The Institution is committed to improving its accessibility, and we welcome all visitors to our public events. However, we are transparent about the access limitations that the size, location, and historic nature of the building can occasion, and readily acknowledge that we are in a period of transition.

Wheelchair access 

The main entrance to the DEI, (facing the Cathedral), has double doors, and is accessible for most wheelchairs. From this entrance there is level access to the foyer, and to the inner and outer libraries. We apologise for the current lack of lift access to the South Range rooms on the second floor.

As we are a small building, parking is limited, but a space can be pre-booked by contacting the office by phone: 01392 274727, or by email: Priority will be given to blue badge holders. The side door into the inner library should be accessible for most wheelchair users reaching the DEI from the driveway, or the front entrance can be reached through the side door at the end of the driveway.

Access to our driveway is via Chapel Street at the rear of the building, via the bollards at the back of Debenhams – the ‘In’ bollard is currently out of action, so you need to drive in via the exit side (the bollard is down). Then you drive under the buildings on the left and round to the right hand side all the way along to the end. Drive right to the end where there is a delivery point ahead of you. Our gates are full black gates, the very last vehicular access gates on the left hand side. When you get to the gates please ring 01392 274727 and we will come out and open them for you. Please do contact us if you have any further questions about your route into the DEI.


There are toilets on site, though the nearest fully accessible Changing Places toilet can be found in the Princesshay Shopping Centre, at the back of Nationwide.

Sensory information

The library is usually a quiet space, though can be louder during events. A timetable for events can be found on the website. If you require a quieter space, please ask a member of staff.

If sounded, the fire alarm makes a repeated sound of two tones, and flashing lights will go off in the reading room and the toilets. On an ordinary day, ringing phones and door buzzers might also be heard.

Lighting is soft throughout the building, and may be low in certain areas.

Assistance dogs are welcome, and staff will be happy to provide water for your dog.

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