Raising funds to restore our 170-year-old Library

An exciting new chapter in Exeter College Library’s 170-year history is about to be written. It’s a chapter about transformation, and it heralds a rare opportunity for the College and for you too

You already have your place in Exeter College’s proud history. Now you have the chance to secure a permanent place in its future. The newly restored Library will celebrate the remarkable 20th century writers that the College has inspired and nurtured, such as JRR Tolkien, Alan Bennett, Philip Pullman, Martin Amis, Christopher Reid, Will Self and Amy Sackville. It will also recognise Exeter College’s alumni and friends whose generosity has helped to make this transformation possible, by proudly displaying their names within the newly refurbished Library.

Revisit the Library and meet the people involved

Stories & Updates

What three words?

We want to hear your thoughts and relive your memories of the Library. Submit three words that you associate with Exeter College Library, the results of which will be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the year.

    Social Media

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 17/10/2023

    ✨ Exeter College presents: the new Library ✨

    Featuring: improved environmental performance, accessibility for all, and increased reader space 📚


    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 16/10/2023

    Exeter College is thrilled to announce that after just over a year of renovation work, our refurbished Library is open 🥳

    Though the Library only reopened today, students have already put it to good use 📖🥰

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 11/10/2023

    Loggan’s Bird’s-eye-view of Exeter College in Oxonia Illustrata, 1675.

    As featured in Exeter College in Sixty Objects.

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 28/09/2023

    The restoration of the Exeter College Library is in its final stages 🌟

    In our newest update, our beloved books are returned to their rightful shelves 📖

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 13/09/2023

    As our Library renovation project winds down, experts are now moving our books from storage to beautifully restored bookcases 📖