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What do you think about the EU Referendum?

The Polish Society, Diplomatic Hub, Exeter branch of the European Movement and Students4Europe are organising a one-day conference focused on the shape of the European Union following the UK referendum.

“Boundaries of Europe” will be held on Saturday, 12th March from 11 to 3.30 in the Alumni Auditorium in the Forum

Regardless of which side you support in the argument about Brexit make sure you come along for what is going to be a very comprehensive event. It’s open to students and local residents.

If you want a bit more background have a look at our guide to Researching EU law and policy


Thelma Awards

Our nomination as Outstanding Library of the Year 2013 in the Thelmas




It was with great pride that Exeter University Library were nominated this year in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management’s Award (Thelma’s) for “Outstanding Library Team” of the Year 2013.

Though we were not successful we are very proud to have been in the running and three of our staff attended the event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 20th June, 2013.

Look how much we raised for Comic Relief!

Thank you to everyone who chose to donate their Library fines to RAG’s Comic Relief appeal on Red Nose Day (Friday March 15th) rather than paying them to us. Thanks to the generosity of our Library users we managed to raise a whopping…


Roxanne Crabb, Forum Library Supervisor, was pleased to handover the money raised to members of the RAG committee who were thrilled with the amount we raised. This money will be added to the amount raised by RAG from other fundraising efforts and we should be able to publicise the the grand total raised very soon. The money will go to support a variety of charitable initiatives in the UK and abroad, do check out the Comic Relief website for more information.


Thanks again to all who gave so generously and got into the fun and giving spirit of Red Nose Day!

Donate your Library fines to Comic Relief on 15th March

Here in the Library we’re always keen to support good causes, and to work with our students, which is why we’re  happy to be teaming up with RAG to help raise money for Comic Relief.

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day, a national fundraising appeal fronted by various celebrities including Lenny Henry, Jason Donovan and even Miss Piggy! The money raised will help a variety of good causes at home and abroad, for example: supporting victims of domestic abuse and young people living on the streets in the UK, or providing communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines in Africa. Check out the Comic Relief website for more information.

RAG are running various events during Comic Relief week to raise money for Comic Relief – see their Facebook for more details – and as part of their campaign we’re offering you the opportunity to donate your Library fines to the cause.

On Friday 15th March, rather than paying your fines money to us we will be inviting you to donate the equivalent amount to RAG’s Comic Relief appeal.  Donations must be cash only and made in person at one of our Library desks – we regret that we cannot accept charity donations via credit card or using our online payment system.  We will also be collecting, so if you don’t have a fine to pay but would still like to donate you will be welcome to do so – please see Library staff.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to give generously, support worthy causes, and clear any outstanding fines on your Library record!

Look how much we raised!

Towards the end of last year the Library teamed up with the University’s RAG (Raising and Giving) society to help raise money for a number of local and international good causes including Isaac’s House, Devon Rape Crisis Service, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, Force Cancer Charity, Exeter Community Action, The Eddystone Trust and Cancer Research UK. On the Friday of RAG week we gave Library users the chance to donate any fines on their account to RAG charities rather than paying them in the usual way.

Thanks to the generosity of Exeter University Staff and Students we raised a grand total of £353.65 for RAG. Library Customer Services manager, Kathy Baro, was pleased to pass this amount to RAG Committee members during a handover at the Forum Library.

The Library’s Kathy Baro with committee members from RAG

Thanks to all who contributed by donating fines to RAG’s array of worthy causes.

For more information on future RAG fundraising ventures do check out their webpages.

Win £20!

It’s win win win with the Forum Library!

£20 MUST be won in the Library’s December Face Off fest!

Yes, you see it right: a £20 book token is being given away – only if you can answer the following ridiculously easy question by Friday 14th December:

Using the resource ISI Web of Science (available via the library catalogue and the Electronic Library) find a reference to a famous cartoon’s duck’s death notice!

For £20 What’s the TITLE, AUTHOR, and NAME of the publisher’s SQUARE in the reference?

Send us an email with your answer to along with your full name, by Friday 14th December. Please use your University of Exeter email address. All those who correctly answer the question will be entered into a draw for a £20 book token. The winner will be announced the following week. Quack, before it’s too late! Good luck!

The Library Survey has Closed

Sorry to say that the Library Quality Survey has now closed. Thank you very much to everyone who took part. We’ll announce the winner of the prize draw for the iPad shortly – watch this space! The Library will look closely at the results of the survey and act on any recommendations you have put forward. Look out for our ‘You Said / We Did’ campaign during the next few weeks.

Don’t forget, that we always appreciate your comments – positive or negative! – at any time. There are the Comments Cards you can complete or you can email us at or just let a member of library staff know. We are always happy to hear from you.

Comments cards like these can be found in all our Libraries; please take the time to let us know your views.

Again, thanks so much to everyone who completed the survey. Your views and opinions do matter!

Last Chance to complete the Library Survey!

Regular followers of this blog will have heard lots about the Library Quality Survey over the past month. The reason we’ve been pushing this so much is because the feedback we gain from this survey really matters to us! We want our Libraries and study spaces to offer the best support and best learning environment possible but we can only improve with your help. Please take this opportunity to tell us what you want.

Library Quality Survey results – both incoming and from previous years – have already helped us to identify and implement the following improvements:

  • You told us We need the Amory Study Centre open longer!’
    • We’ve extended the daily opening hours until 9:30pm, and until midnight during the exam periods (more details on exam time opening coming soon…)
  • You told us We need better Wi-Fi coverage in Research Commons!’
    •  We’ve arranged for improved Wi-Fi coverage to be implemented as soon as possible
  • You said ‘We like your personalised Library services’ 
    •  We’ve brought together our subject team in Information Central (the office on level -1 of the Forum Library) so we’re easy to find!

What else would YOU like to see done to improve your Library experience?

Forum Library Level 0 computer cluster

There are only two days left to complete the Library Quality Survey, which must close on November 30th. Please make your views count and take a few minutes to fill in the survey and leave feedback.

Click here to start the survey

By doing so you can help us improve the Library, both in the short term and for future students. Respondents will also be entered into our free prize draw to win an Apple iPad, so what are you waiting for?

Library Survey – Last Few Days!

The Library Quality Survey is still live until November 30th; but we’ve already started to make changes in response to comments left by this year’s respondents – for instance:

  • You told us ‘We need to use the Forum Seminar Rooms at weekends!’
    • We’ve arranged for the Seminar Rooms on Level 0 to be open until 9pm on Saturdays and Sunday.
  • You told us ‘We need maps of St Lukes library to show the Dewey system!’
    •  We now display maps that show the Dewey System, so that classmarks can be more speedily located in St Luke’s library.
Longer term, we’ve also implemented many of the suggestions made on the previous year’s survey forms, such as:
  • You told us ‘We like the Library Champions scheme’ 
    • This year we’ve doubled the budget so Champions can buy more books than ever before!
  • You said ‘We want more Library resources’ 
    • We spent 250k last year and are spending the same again this year on new print and online resources.

Would you like to influence how the Library changes?  Complete our survey now, and tell us what you need! But time is running out! The survey must close on November 30th so don’t delay to share your views. Click here to start the survey…

….You might even win an iPad!

iPad winner will be chosen through a prize draw after the survey closes – will it be you?