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.

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    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 03/02/2022

    Congrats to alumna
    @Louiestowell (1997, English), whose new children’s book launches today. 🎉

    Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good reimagines the Norse God Loki as a weedy 11-year-old boy who has been trapped on Earth after playing one too many pranks!

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 01/02/2022

    Dr John Maddicott, Emeritus Fellow in Medieval History, has published a fascinating new book about John Prideaux, who was Rector of Exeter College from 1612 to 1642. The book is the second in which Dr Maddicott explores history in relation to the College.


    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 28/01/2022

    We are recruiting for an Assistant Librarian! With the restoration of our stunning Victorian Gothic library kicking off this year there couldn’t be a more exciting time to join!


    @ExeterCollegeOx · 17/01/2022

    @walter_the_exeter_cat taking matters into his own paws and guarding the Library against intruders. 😾 (We’re talking about you,
    @simpkinthehertfordcat!) @HertfordCollege

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 22/12/2021

    Season’s greetings from Exeter College, Oxford! We’re signing off for the Christmas Vac and will be back on Tuesday 4th January 2022. We hope you enjoy the holidays and have a restful break. See you in 2022! 

    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 30/11/2021

    An exciting new chapter for the Exeter College Library!

    The restoration will increase reader spaces by 1/3, make the Library fully accessible by installing a lift, and significantly improve the building’s carbon footprint by updating the electrics, ventilation, and heating.

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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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    Exeter College, Oxford

    @ExeterCollegeOx · 28/07/2021

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