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.

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Stories & Updates

A legacy gift to Write the Next Chapter

In 2019 Exeter College received a legacy gift from lawyer, author and university professor Philip Pettit, who sadly died in November 2017. The first of three generations to study at Exeter College, it was Philip’s wish that Exeter should...

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 Oxford Library, the results of which will be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the year.

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    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 02/09/2021

    You can help Write the Next Chapter in the life of Exeter’s much-loved Library!

    We’re pleased to announce the full restoration of the College Library & invite you to be a part of it as we launch a fundraising campaign to support the project over the next 2-3 years. Stay tuned!

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 31/08/2021

    Huge congratulations to Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Emeritus Fellow in German Language and Literature, on publishing her latest book, Projecting Imperial Power. 👏

    We hope to celebrate with a book launch in College in Michaelmas 2021! 🎉

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    @ExeterCollegeOx · 26/08/2021

    Patch, our Conference & Catering Administrator’s Jack Russell Terrier, reading up on Exonian Jack Russell (1814), this #InternationalDogDay! 🐾

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    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 13/08/2021

    Enjoy a sun-filled view of our Fellows’ Garden, taken by spiralling_oxford (on Instagram). 😍 ☀️

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 27/07/2021

    ICYMI, @thesundaytimes bestseller ‘Vaxxers’ was recently @BBCRadio4‘s Book of the Week!

    Co-authored by Exeter’s Senior Research Fellow @CathGreenLab, discover the gripping inside story of the #OxfordVaccine. 🧪

    Listen online in the UK until 18 August 👇

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    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 28/07/2021

    Where’s Walter? Library Edition! 👀  Can you spot Exeter College’s fluffiest member? 🐱 #WalterWednesday