We are open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Public tours Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.
Contact us:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Accessibility Information

Welcome to the Devon & Exeter Institution! You can find us at 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter, Ex1 1EZ

Opening Times: 

Tuesdays-  10am to 5pm
Wednesdays– 10am to 5pm
Thursdays– 10am to 5pm
Fridays– 10am to 5pm
Saturdays- 10am-4pm.

The Institution is committed to improving its accessibility, and we welcome all visitors to our public events. However, we are transparent about the access limitations that the size, location, and historic nature of the building can occasion, and readily acknowledge that we are in a period of transition.

Wheelchair access 

The main entrance to the DEI, (facing the Cathedral), has double doors, and is accessible for most wheelchairs. From this entrance there is level access to the foyer, and to the inner and outer libraries. We apologise for the current lack of lift access to the South Range rooms on the second floor.

As we are a small building, parking is limited, but a space can be pre-booked by contacting the office by phone: 01392 274727, or by email: [email protected] Priority will be given to blue badge holders. The side door into the inner library should be accessible for most wheelchair users reaching the DEI from the driveway, or the front entrance can be reached through the side door at the end of the driveway.

Access to our driveway is via Chapel Street at the rear of the building, via the bollards that lead into the Princesshay Shopping Centre – the ‘In’ bollard is currently out of action, so you need to drive in via the exit side (the bollard is down). Then you drive under the buildings on the left and round to the right hand side all the way along to the end. Drive right to the end where there is a delivery point ahead of you. Our gates are full black gates, the very last vehicular access gates on the left hand side. When you get to the gates please ring 01392 274727 and we will come out and open them for you. Please do contact us if you have any further questions about your route into the DEI.


There are toilets on site, though the nearest fully accessible Changing Places toilet can be found in the Princesshay Shopping Centre, at the back of Nationwide. More information about these facilities can be found on the Princesshay website here


Our nearest public access defibrillators can be found just inside the main entrance of the Guildhall Shopping Centre, or on Bampfylde Lane in the Princesshay Shopping Centre, to the left of Chandos Deli.

Sensory information

The library is usually a quiet space, though can be louder during events. A timetable for events can be found on the website. If you require a quieter space, please ask a member of staff.

If sounded, the fire alarm makes a repeated sound of two tones, and flashing lights will go off in the reading room and the toilets. On an ordinary day, ringing phones and door buzzers might also be heard.

Lighting is soft throughout the building, and may be low in certain areas.

Assistance dogs are welcome, and staff will be happy to provide water for your dog.