Venue Hire & Tours

Find out about hiring our unique rooms

The Devon and Exeter Institution is a subscription library founded in 1813 and is a very special environment for  events, lectures, performances and tours.

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.

To ensure that its unique and vulnerable nature is protected we we welcome booking requests from individual members, non-members and organisations which match our charitable objectives.

Please read and sign our conditions of hire before making your booking request:

DEI Conditions of hire

Our current schedule of charges are:

Reading Room half day  – £60

Reading Room full day   – £95

Stirling Room half day   – £40 Mon and Tues only

Stirling Room full day    – £75 Mon and Tues only

Outer Library evening     – £120

Outer Library full day   –  £240 Sunday only

Kitchen  – £30

Out of hours charge –  £20.00

Wine glass hire  – £25

China/ cutlery hire –  £25

PP projector & screen –  £15

Coffee/teas per person –  £2

Group tours (15 people maximum)  – £3 per head

To request a room booking or a tour please download and complete this form (hard copies available in the office)

Booking requests will be confirmed within two weeks of application.

FORMS:  Room hire and tour request

Forms may be handed in at the office or emailed to