Adopt a Book

To adopt a book, please download an Adopt a Book form and return to us at the address provided. For more information please contact us on 020 7766 4750 or email

If choosing which book to adopt proves too difficult, you can still help to meet the cost of the collection as a whole by making a donation to The Book Fund

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Adopt a new book
Adopt a new book
  • Adopt a new book and let us tell you which of the Library's 8,000 annual additions now proudly bears your name. A bookplate acknowledging your adoption costs:
  • 1 new volume - £50
  • 3 new volumes - £100
  • 15 new volumes - £500
Adopt a favourite book
Adopt a favourite book
  • Would you prefer to adopt your favourite book, or a book about an author, place or subject particularly meaningful to you? Then why not search the Library's catalogue and nominate the book you'd like to adopt for posterity. A bookplate acknowledging your donation costs:
  • 1 volume of your choice - £250
  • 3 volumes of your choice - £500
  • 10 volumes of your choice - £1,000
Adopt a rare book
Adopt a rare book
  • By adopting a rare book, you will help to ensure that our most extraordinary volumes - which date from the 16th century - are kept in perfect condition and that our conservators can continue to do their vital work. A bookplate acknowledging your donation will be placed either inside the book or on the archival box in which the volume is housed, dependent on its preservation status.
  • Even if your chosen rare book doesn't require immediate repairs, your adoption guarantees that we can come to the aid of other vulnerable books in the collection.
  • Download a full list of rare books available for adoption. Adoptions start from £750.