Volunteers have been involved at the Institution for many years and we are increasing volunteer engagement with our current development project.

The Devon and Exeter Institution is committed to encouraging people to enjoy and learn from its collection and building. We believe that volunteering is an important and valuable way to increase engagement with the Institution which mutually benefits our volunteers and our organisation.

If you are a member or student and are interested in volunteering, please see one of our staff members or contact the office or Programme Manager for details of all our current volunteering opportunities and how to get involved.

Current Volunteer Roles:

  • Office Volunteer
  • Library Desk Volunteer
  • Library Guide
  • Library Preservation Team Volunteer
  • Research Volunteer


“I love volunteering with the DEI as it allows me to engage with the local community in a way which university focussed volunteering does not always allow for.

I have also found the DEI to be a useful working space as it offers a place away from the university with a comfortable and communal atmosphere.

I have learnt invaluable skills working as part of the volunteering team and hope to make use of the various wonderful books I have come across in future”

First Year BA English and Spanish.


“Volunteering at the DEI helped me to think about my future job decisions. I now have a very good insight into the work of archives and libraries in general, about the maintaining of historic books in particular, without even leaving Exeter – and I could make this fantastic experience parallel to my course work, lectures and seminars.

The DEI offers a great opportunity to gain knowledge and early experience about the tasks and work of a historic library within a familiar atmosphere that makes it easy to ask further questions.   I’m confident that this will help me after finishing my degree to decide for a further career”

International Erasmus student in Third Year, History.