InExeter Visits: Oxfam Books on South Street

Oxfam is a globally renowned aid and development charity with 70 years of experience, working and campaigning with partners in over 90 countries worldwide.   Exeter’s city centre is home to three Oxfam stores, situated on South Street. With the stores covering music, clothing and books, those visiting will be spoilt for choice!


InExeter caught up with Catherine Lovich, manager of the Oxfam Books store on South Street to find out what goes on behind the scenes and why Oxfam is so important to her.

Oxfam Books is supported by 60 volunteers including students and those who love helping a charity close to their hearts, these shops are a haven for book enthusiasts and casual readers.


Catherine has worked for Oxfam for over 14 years, managing the book shop for 10 years alone. Her main aim for the shop is to make money for Oxfam and support the charity with the hope of eliminating poverty and increase living standards.


The South Street store is filled to the brim with interesting reads. Covering all genres and many decades, the store is a treasure trove just waiting to be explored. Books are not only sold on the shop floor; some of the higher priced books, if they haven’t sold after a few weeks downstairs, are listed online, on Amazon, Abebooks, and Oxfam’s own website,, helping the shop to reach a wider audience. Recently a first edition of Winnie the Pooh was donated: its sale raised over £300 for the charity.


People can help support the store by donating any unwanted books and of course making a purchase instore or online. Catherine and the team are always happy to receive donations and love delving into a newly delivered box of books.


Oxfam’s strap line is ‘We won’t live with poverty’.  Oxfam responds to emergencies across the world, helping people to get clean water, food and decent sanitation in the first instance, and then over the longer term supporting development and helping people to get themselves out of poverty.  The charity is a voice for the world’s poorest people and lobby world leaders and organisations on important issues.


For more information on the store as well as Oxfam, please visit: WWW.OXFAM.ORG.UK or call 01392 437385.

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