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Visitors guide to the Library: Home

A guide for members of the public and staff and students visiting University of Exeter libraries


Exeter University Libraries’ primary function is to support teaching and research undertaken by staff and students of the University.

  • Current University of Exeter, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.

    The Libraries provide limited in-person reference and telephone assistance to visitors:

  • Help with the online catalogue and referral to collections and services are available during staffed hours

  • The Libraries do not provide in-depth research services to visitors.

Members of the public

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.

Forum Library Opening Hours & Access

The Forum library is open 24/7 for current students and staff.

Visitors are welcome during staffed hours.


Library Staff Available

Visitors Welcome

Self Service

Current staff and students only

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 20:00

20:00 - 08:00

Saturday - Sunday &

Bank Holidays

10:00 - 18:00

18:00 - 10:00

Christmas period

24 December - 1 January

No visitors allowed

Self service

Current students and staff only


Library Enquiries 

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723867

Library enquiries

Library Enquiries 

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723867

Public access - Reference only

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.

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