The Listening Booth is a space to hear words and sounds in Exeter Library. It is a place to rest and listen to audio, located on the ground floor by the computers. It is a wooden structure that seats two and uses a directional speaker to play audio that only those within the booth can hear. It is designed to offer new and existing library goers, including visually impaired people, another way to engage with content in the library. It works by playing month long seasons of work, that are selected with guidance from a steering board. The first season of work, running until 16th March, includes three new pieces of writing commissioned by local writers for the Listening Booth, and a soundscape made at WESC. Pupils from WESC as well as others with experience of visual impairment helped to design of the booth.
The Listening Booth is open whenever Exeter Library is open and is free to use.