We are a thriving Independent Historic Library and Educational Charity, welcoming new members of all ages.
We are open as usual: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Contact us:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]


Reasons to join up and become a member

  • Become part of a community, united in supporting Exeter’s oldest library in its original setting.
  • Support our charitable cause of preserving 7 Cathedral Close for public education and enjoyment.
  • An historic, tranquil and convenient reading and meeting space in the centre of Exeter.
  • Magnificent early 19th century galleried libraries for research, reading and relaxation.
  • Quiet and airy study space in the Upper Reading Room with spectacular views of the Cathedral*.
  • Wifi throughout the building*.
  • Daily and weekend newspapers and a range of weekly and monthly journals and magazines.
  • Members’ self-service refreshments and snacks available daily in the refreshment room.
  • Weekly lunch service on Wednesdays in the Courtenay Room – 12-2pm*
  • Access to a unique reference library comprising over thirty thousand books and periodicals, and collections of maps, ephemera, prints and drawings, five days per week.
  • Borrowing of up to six books or DVDs from our contemporary collection.
  • Bookable spaces for members’ study and research with specialist support from the library team.
  • An exciting programme of events, lectures and visits for members and their guests.
  • Members’ interest groups, including a film club, book, gardening and research groups.
  • Monthly Saturday morning Bookworms’ club for Junior Members and their adults.
  • On-line subscription to the London Library and use of the digital microfilm reader.
  • Specialist training and volunteering opportunities for members.

*areas currently under construction

Coming soon, as part of The Next Chapter Project – completing December 2024.

  • The Blue Room:  A stunning restored Georgian reading room on the first floor, which will also host events, lectures and workshops and be available to hire.
  • A new kitchenette on the first floor, for hot drinks and catered events in the Blue Room.
  • Two new reading and meeting spaces on the ground floor, also bookable for meetings and groups.
  • A new glass garden room, overlooking the rear courtyard – a tranquil place to enjoy the outdoors /indoors.
  • New fibre Wi-Fi throughout the building.
  • New lavatories and lift, making the building fully accessible.
  • New environmentally sustainable heating and lighting systems.
  • New programme of events and activities, celebrating the new spaces and inviting new ways to experience the DEI and its collections.
  • The welcome return of lunches in the Courtenay Room.

There are several membership options available.  Come and chat to us in the office to see which is best for you and your family.

Membership Fees from July 1st, 2023

Individual Membership £120.00 or £10 per month x 12 installments via GoCardless
Additional family member £90
Joint (two people living at the same address) £210 or £17.50 per month x 12 installments via GoCardless
Junior Membership (Under 18s) £12.00
Temporary Membership (3 months)  £60.00
Non Members research day pass £10.00
Non Members research week pass £25.00
University of Exeter Membership

Young Membership (18-25s)

Lower Income (for those in receipt of Universal Credit)


You may purchase membership online and then provide identification to the office to validate your application. We charge ‘One-off’ joining fee of £15 per membership .

Alternatively, a hard copy of the application form is available from the front desk.   Pop in and our staff and volunteers will be pleased to help you.







FoC (Currently funded by a partnership agreement)

£60.00 or £5 per month x 12 installments via GoCardless

£60 or £5 per month x 12 installments via GoCardless