Befriend a Book


Become the custodian of a specific book from the Library collection and preserve it in good condition now and for the benefit of generations to come.

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As many visitors and supporters of the Library will know, our collection is in need of constant care and attention. Some of the books are quite badly in need of repair or restoration.

The Library’s Befriend a Book scheme enables individuals or organisations to make a direct donation to help to care for the collection. In return, Befrienders will receive a certificate, and a loose bookplate in the book itself, acknowledging the contribution. This support is direct assistance for the Library and makes an excellent gift for a book- or history-lover.

£20 will reinforce a folded page

£50 will repair a worn spine in leather

£100 will completely rebind a leather book

£250 will restore and conserve a damaged book

Any amount, large or small can be given to befriend the collection as a whole. If you can send us a short note by clicking here we will contact you to discuss how your donation may be used. We are most grateful for your support.

Additional information

Extent of Restoration

Binding, Full Restoration, Page, Spine