Exeter has a 30,000-strong collection of special treasures in the form of documents, papers, early printed and rare books, and manuscripts. They are some of the College’s most precious treasures and are an important resource for historians and other academics.
In spring 2017 they will be moved to purpose-built facilities at Cohen Quadrangle. For the first time, all our special collections will be stored together and shelved on rolling racks in the appropriate environmental conditions. There will be an adjacent reading room with comfortable furniture, including a large desk for consulting documents and plans, making our special collections more accessible than they have ever been.
College Librarian Joanna Bowring has created a dedicated blogsite to showcase some of Exeter’s special collections in advance of the big move. Her weekly blog posts will highlight a selection of the books and documents in this extraordinary collection.
The blogsite can be viewed at http://exetercollegespecialcollections.com/