University of Exeter Libraries support teaching and research at the University. The Forum Library is open to members of the public.
Forum Library offers some in-person, telephone, email and live chat support to visitors
The Library will prioritise supporting the staff and students of the University.
The Old Library is also accessible to the Public but we would advise seeking help at the Forum Library first.
Members of the public may:
Use the library between
8am - 8pm Monday - Friday
10am - 6pm Saturday - Sunday
Access some electronic resources at our walk in access computer
Consult print books and print journals, as library use only
Photocopy or scan print material (cash only payment)
If you need any help while in the library, please talk to our library staff.
The Forum library is open 24/7 for current students and staff.
Visitors are welcome during staffed hours.
Library Staff Available
Current staff and students only
Monday - Friday
08:00 - 20:00
|20:00 - 08:00|
Saturday - Sunday &
10:00 - 18:00
|18:00 - 10:00|
The Forum Library is open to members of the public for reference purposes, so although borrowing is not permitted, visitors are welcome to browse the collections and consult items in the library. You can search the library search online before you visit to identify material of interest.
In order to manage the expectations of visitors we would like to stress that the Forum Library is very busy during the University term-time supporting thousands of students and often having every seat in use.
We are a digital first library, acquiring content in a digital format wherever possible. Licence agreements for this digital content restrict remote access to active students and staff.
For members of the public, access to our electronic resources such as online journals and e-books is via the designated walk-in access machine located at the Forum Library. You will need to bring a USB drive on to which to download any e-resources you wish to save. More information about this facility can be found here.