Exeter’s special collections to move to Cohen Quad

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/

Architect's rendering of the reading room at Cohen Quad
Architect’s rendering of the reading room at Cohen Quad
One of Exeter's special collections
One of Exeter’s rare books

February update from Cohen Quad

We’re pleased to report that the foundations for Cohen Quad have now been laid and the construction team are busy excavating the basement area. Excavation will be finished by the end of February, when the building itself will start to go up. In fact, we have already laid the ground floor slab for the Porters’ Lodge!

Cohen Quad, looking west towards the back of the building
Cohen Quad, looking west from the entrance towards the back of the site
The front entrance of Cohen Quad and site of the Porters’ Lodge; the early 20th century facade of the original building has been retained
Looking up to the main entrance from the back of the building
Looking east to the main entrance from the back of the site. The central ground floor space, the Learning Commons, begins more or less at the red digger!