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ADOPT A BOOK

The perfect gift for book lovers this Christmas

Xmas Invitation 10 small resAdopting a book at The London Library is the perfect gift for any book lover, and with every adoption you can help develop and preserve the Library’s unique collection.

Adopt a new book to be added to one of the Library's unique catalogue subjects, or a favourite book from the Library’s collection, and a bookplate will be placed inside the selected volume recording the adoption. 

To adopt a book for someone special, click here

Adopt a New Book for £40

A gift as unique as the Library itself! Each year The London Library develops the collection with over 6,000 new books, and you can help support this expansion by adopting a new book.

Our special Christmas gift offer includes:

  • The recipient’s name on a bookplate inside a new book, in one of the following subjects of interest: Art, Biographies, Fiction and Literature, History, Science and Miscellaneous, Topography or Religion
  • A London Library Christmas card with your festive message
  • A private tour of the Library for the recipient and a guest with the opportunity to see the bookplate in situ

Click here to adopt a new book.

Adopt a Favourite Book for £125

Whether it's a book by a favourite author, about a memorable place, on a special subject close to your heart, or simply a book that is special to you - adopting a favourite books allows you to choose a specific volume from our collection. Your donation will enable us to conserve our most borrowed and loved books, prolonging their life for current members and generations to come. 

Our special Christmas offer includes:

  • The recipient’s name on a bookplate inside a chosen favourite book from the Library's collection
  • A set of five London Library postcards
  • A London Library Christmas card with your festive message
  • A private tour of the Library for the recipient and a guest with the opportunity to see the bookplate in situ

To adopt a favourite book, click hereTo ask about a particular book or to find out more, please contact the Development Team on 020 7766 4795 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can search the Library's catalogue for the book you'd like to adopt or if you're looking for inspiration we've put together a list below of our most borrowed volumes - Because of their regular use by members, our most borrowed and loved books are the ones most often in need of conservation.

Our most borrowed books:

Tout Simenon, Georges Simenon

Collected Works, Karl Marx

The diary of Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf

The complete works of George Orwell, George Orwell

Winston S. Churchill, Martin Gilbert

To keep the ball rolling, Anthony Powell

The Sleepwalkers, Christopher M. Clark

Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

The Hundred Years War, Jonathan Sumption

Bleak House, Charles Dickens


Please note:

  1. Please note that although we endeavour to fulfil your book of choice for Adopt a Favourite Book some books may already have existing bookplates. Where this occurs we will suggest a suitable alternative.
  2. Please allow up to two months for your bookplate to be placed in the book.
  3. Tours must be booked in advance and are dependent on Library staff availability.
  4. Final date for Christmas orders is 20th December 2018. Any orders received after this cannot be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas.

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