I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges

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Adopt A Book

Adopting a book or a bookcase enables the Library to conserve some of our written treasures for future generations. The Linen Hall Library has a leading and unique collection of books, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, periodicals and pictures. However, many of these items are deteriorating from age and overuse. We must do something now to prevent our literary heritage from vanishing before our eyes,

The cost of conserving a book varies from £30 to £1000 depending on the condition of the book, the value of it and the amount of conservation work required, so all amounts donated are equally important

An acid-free bookplate is attached to the book with your name and/or preferred inscription. A personalised certificate is then posted to you with the details of the book you have adopted. All donations are computer-catalogued as soon as possible with the name of the donor attached to the record. Adopted books can also be viewed on request.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider adopting either a bookshelf or bookcase. From £250 you can choose the collection in which you wish to adopt the bookshelf/case, and we will then erect a brass plate with an inscription of your choice. We will also organise a personalised tour of the Library for you and your friends.

Adopt a Book: £30

Just £30 can provide for the repair or rebinding of a fine book and your help will be recorded on an inscribed bookplate. Adopt a Book is also the perfect gift idea for those special occasions. From our extensive collections you can select a book to mark a friend's birthday, father's/mother's day, Christmas or retirement.

Adopt a Book


Adopt a Bookshelf: £250

Name a shelf for yourself or someone you love. You can choose which collection you would prefer it to be in and choose the words to appear on the shelf plate.

Adopt a Bookshelf


Adopt a Bookcase: £1,500

Name a favourite bookcase as a gift, tribute or legacy. You can choose which collection you would prefer it to be in and choose the words to appear on the shelf plate.

Adopt a Bookcase


Adopt an Exhibition Case: £5,000

Used to display items from fascinating and rare collections, the exhibition cases will be a central feature of the Library for years to come. The name you choose for your case will be used in all leaflets and guides to the Library. Corporate sponsors may provide their own plates with logos if desired.

Adopt an Exhibition Case


For further information, please contact:

Monica Cash
Deputy Librarian
T: 028 9032 1707
E: m.cash@linenhall.com