Special Collections manages archive, manuscript and book collections which are too rare, old or fragile to be kept on the open shelves of the library.

Material in our collections is available for students, staff and external researchers to access. Items from our collections are available to use in the Ronald Duncan Reading Room which is open by prior appointment only to consult pre-reserved materials between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact us in advance of your visit to reserve items at libspc@exeter.ac.uk.

Further information regarding our collections is available here: https://as.exeter.ac.uk/special-collections.

Takedown Policy

The University of Exeter makes every reasonable effort to ensure content posted online complies with UK law. However, if you feel certain content in some way infringes UK law or rights, the University of Exeter Library will, upon notification, review the legal status of the relevant material and remove it if the complaint is found to be valid.

 Valid grounds for the removal of content from include:

  • Violation of intellectual property rights, including copyright
  • Breach of moral or other rights protected by law (for example, derogatory treatment of work, libel, data protection, privacy)
  • Ethical issues including plagiarism, falsified research, failure to adhere to ethical guidelines

 To register a complaint, contact copyright@exeter.ac.uk  including the following information:

  • Your contact details
  • Full details of the material
  • The exact and full url where you found the material
  • Evidence or proof that you are the copyright rights holder or authorised representative
  • The reason for your takedown request

 On receipt of the complaint, the University will:

  • Acknowledge that the complaint has been received
  • Make an initial assessment of the validity of the complaint
  • Temporarily remove the item from public view if further investigation is required

Following the initial assessment, if a complaint is judged to be invalid, no further action will be taken and the complainant will be informed of this decision.

Valid complaints will be investigated by the Copyright Officer and, if necessary, the University’s Legal Services Office and may take some time depending on the nature of the complaint.

All attempts will be made to resolve the issue swiftly and to the satisfaction of both the complainant and the project.

If, as a result of investigation, the item concerned is judged to have infringed an aspect of UK law, it will be permanently removed and the complainant will be informed of this decision.