The Library

The Library holds 35,000 volumes and many thousands of maps, prints, pamphlets, cuttings and leaflets.  

The Library is deemed of national importance as an intact collection in its original setting.

The DEI is also a living library and books specific to the history of Devon and the Southwest continue to be acquired.

The collection is undergoing conservation to preserve it for future generations.


Members may borrow up to six books which have been published in the previous 100 years for a period of one calendar month.

If a member wishes to borrow a book that has been published earlier this will be at the discretion of the librarian.

Books may be renewed-if not required by another member.

Please e mail or call on 01392 251017.

Members may borrow up to three DVDs, boxed sets count as one item for a period of one calendar month.

From April 1st 2017 members will need to present their key fob to loan items.

Our catalogue is hosted by the University of Exeter and can be accessed here.