Welcome to the Library


Exeter College library is at the centre of the academic life of the College.

Situated in the secluded Fellows’ Garden, the library building was designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1857 in glorious Victorian Gothic style. 

The primary purpose of the library is to support undergraduate and postgraduate study on taught courses offered by the College, and the 50,000 books on the open shelves cover all the main subjects of study. Students are encouraged to make recommendations for purchasing books

The collection is catalogued on SOLO, the library catalogue for the University of Oxford. SOLO also provides access to a full range of electronic resources.

Members of College have 24 hour access to the library throughout the year, with the exception of a short period in the Christmas vacation.

Computers are available for searching the catalogue and there is WI-FI throughout the building.

In addition to the books on the open shelves, Exeter College Library has extensive special collections, including over 70 medieval manuscripts and c.30,000 rare books.

Visiting scholars who wish to consult books from the collection must first make an appointment with the College Librarian.

A brief guide to the Library is available here.

Summer 2017 closure

Due to the move of the College’s archives, manuscripts and rare books to new accommodation at Cohen Quad the College Library and Archive will be closed this summer from 31 July to 22 September 2017. We cannot accommodate any readers or researchers during this period.

College Librarian
Exeter College Library
Exeter College
TEL: 01865 279657