Adopt a Book

Adopt a Gothic Book

Special Gothic books for adoption

New titles are available to celebrate 250 years of Gothic literature. Explore the range and adopt one of these books as a special gift.

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We have curated a special selection of Gothic books for Adopt a Book. Some of these spell-binding titles can be seen in our Terror and Wonder exhibition. Adopt one of these titles and we will post you a certificate to give to your loved one. Alternatively, choose from one of our classic titles which comes with a book-jacket gift card.

Adopt your favourite book and help conserve the world's knowledge

As a working library, keeping our collections in a suitable condition for Readers is a top priority. Every year our dedicated team of conservators treat over 1,800 items. Books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, stamps, works of art on paper – all receive our care.

Book of the month

The Railway Children

Edith Nesbit's story of three children and their many adventures along the local railway line is still a much loved classic today. Adopt this book

Adopt your favourite book and you care for a million others

  • Your donation directly contributes to our conservation work.
  • You help young conservators to learn intricate skills.
  • You fund new technology to help us better conserve items.
  • You keep British Library books on the shelves.

Adopt a Book at £25 and:

  • Your donation of £25 supports our conservation work
  • Choose from a range of 14 well-loved book titles or our seasonal selection of special books
  • Receive a delightful book-jacket gift card or a certificate as a keepsake or to send to your giftee.
  • Download a personalised Adopt a Book certificate and email it to your giftee.

How to Adopt a Book

Simply choose your book and complete the online form, including your donation of £25. You can also Adopt a Book when you visit the British Library shop.

Make a lasting contribution to our conservation work with a bespoke adoption from £150

Remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion with a bespoke adoption. A bespoke adoption allows you to choose your preferred title from across the Library's collection - you are not limited to the titles in our booklist. Given the breadth of our collection, we can also help suggest suitable titles.

For donations of £150 to £1,000 we offer

  • A choice of titles from across our collection 
  • A personalised Adopt a Book certificate sent in the post
  • An invitation to our ‘Meet the Conservators’ event.

For donations of £1,000 and above we offer the above benefits and

  • A customised bookplate placed inside the conservation box which houses your item, for the lifetime of the box
  • A special tour of our Conservation Centre
  • A tour for two of the British Library
  • Acknowledgment in our Annual Report and Adopt a Book Donors’ Board in the Conservation Centre.

To make a bespoke adoption contact the development team who can help with ideas at or telephone +44 (0)20 7412 7205. 

Our collection is extensive and covers: Art and Architecture, Business, Finance and Law, Children's Books, Food and Drink, Gardening, Geography, History and Politics, Literature, Music and Dance, Natural History, Religion and Philosophy, Science and Medicine, Sports and Pastimes. 

All funds raised are used to support the full range of our conservation activities (at the discretion of the Library). Donations only support conservation of a particular item where this has been agreed.

Find out how you can support our conservation work in other ways or watch our video to see how we keep items in good usable condition.