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The Exeter Children’s Library “Of the Future” Design Project

Building Greater Exeter and Libraries Unlimited want to hear from young people of all ages, right across the city to discover what they would like to see in their library of the future. To mark 100 years of libraries in Devon, Libraries Unlimited are working in Partnership with Building Greater Exeter to deliver a new children’s library. 

Working in collaboration with local young people and working professionals, we will deliver something modern, innovative, and inclusive so that those aged 0-18 can access books, reading challenges, workshops, and events, which will inspire creativity, support learning and fire young imaginations.  

This is a call to action for all school children across Exeter to complete the following questionnaire. Structural engineers and interior design judges will then select the most modern, innovative and inclusive ideas to be taken forward and turned into reality.  

Roughly how many times have you been to Exeter Library in the past year?(Required)
Do you have a library card?(Required)
Have you ever considered a career in the built environment or construction?(Required)
Before looking at the information provided on our webpage, were you aware of the different opportunities available in the built environment?(Required)
How much do you know about T Levels?(Required)
How much do you know about Apprenticeships?(Required)
How much do you know about Degree Apprenticeships?(Required)
How much do you know about gaining a Degree?
Which of the following would you consider?

Who are we?

Exeter Library is a busy, welcoming hub for all ages. Over 6,100 young members borrow around 93,900 books per year. Last year the library ran over 450 activities specifically aimed at those aged between 0-18, which were attended by almost 9,500 young people.  The children’s library and separate teen area are busy and well-loved and it’s time to refresh this space for the 21st century.

Who are we?

Building Greater Exeter  inspires new candidates, supports employers and promotes a culture that makes the built environment a great place to work. Since starting in 2018 Building Greater Exeter have delivered many positive outcomes in collaboration with partners, education providers, and other initiatives helping to shape the workforce, now, and in the future. 

Who are we?

Libraries Unlimited is an independent charity established in April 2016 and runs the public library service in Devon and Torbay, including 54 libraries across the county. Each local library has something for everyone: books and information, eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, computers with access to the Internet, free Wi-Fi and much more.

Libraries Unlimited also runs Devon’s FabLab and Business & IP Centre (BIPC).

Libraries Unlimited is a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) delivering an imaginative programme of events and artworks with Devon and Torbay’s libraries, in partnership with artists and communities and funded by Arts Council England and Exeter City Council.

What is the built environment? 

The built environment refers to our surroundings in which people live, work and play. 

Examples include cities, buildings, urban spaces, parks, landscapes, waterways, utilities and transportation links. 

This presents a huge variety of inclusive workplaces, employers and jobs ranging from: 

  • Skilled construction trades to civil engineering, architectural and landscape design 
  • Accounting, business, legal and marketing 
  • Environmental science, renewable energy and sustainable construction
  • Mental health and wellbeing 
  • Future skills, such as data science, digital solutions, robotics and automation 

 All with opportunities to work onsite, from an office or at home.