Why is Exeter Library not part of the Devon Libraries consultation?

A new facility will open in Exeter in May 2014 following a £4.1 million investment in the previous Central Library. The redeveloped Exeter Library will adopt the Devon Centres model bringing in a wider range of Council services. Alongside a flagship library for the city and wider county, Exeter Library will offer independent living training facilities for adults with learning disabilities, facilities for vulnerable families needing help and support, enterprise advice and support for business start-ups.

Exeter Library has not been included in the Devon Libraries consultation as there has been a significant amount of public consultation and stakeholder engagement over the past 2 years. This has informed the design of the space, the development of services as well as the stock and opening hours of the new building.

Exeter Library will have reduced running costs compared to the previous Exeter Central Library as a result of:

  • Improved heating, lighting and insulation
  • Installation of solar panels
  • Increased income from the café and additional meeting rooms
  • More efficient staff rotas
  • The incorporation of a wider range of services and partners in line with the Devon Centres model