Special Collections

Exeter College has over 250 manuscripts, including 76 medieval manuscripts, and a large collection of early printed books including 77 incunabula (books printed before 1501), and these form an important focus for research scholars.


The secure stacks hold c.30,000 volumes published before 1900, on a variety of subjects.

You can read about the special collections on this dedicated blog: exetercollegespecialcollections.com

Exeter is pursuing a programme of digitisation for its rare material. For example the teaching notes of Rector John Prideaux (who was the head of the College from 1612 to 1642) are available to view online by clicking  here. You can also see one of Exeter’s collection of medieval manuscripts. MS 23 is a 13th century manuscript and includes works by two Archbishops of Canterbury, Stephen Langton (c.1150-1228) and Anselm of Canterbury. Please click here.

The special collections and the College Archives have recently been moved to new storage areas at Cohen Quad in Walton Street. There is also an adjacent reading room.

Consultation of the special collections is by appointment with the librarian.