Adopt a Book


New items: vintage annuals

To celebrate our comics exhibition, vintage editions of a boy's annual and a girl's annual are now available to adopt.

Each adoption comes with a special card.

Adopt a Book now 


Adopt your favourite book and you care for a million others

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 Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tells the story of a neglected garden and how a little girl's life changes when she opens her heart to those around her.

Adopt a Book:

  • 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.

Find out how you can support conservation and watch our video of how we keep items in good usable condition.

Adopt a Book at £25
Donate £25
to our conservation work and:

  • Select from a range of 14 well-loved book titles
  • Receive a delightful book-jacket gift card as a keepsake or to personalise and send to your adoptee.
  • Download a personalised Adopt a Book certificate and email it to your adoptee.

How to Adopt a Book

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

Make a lasting contribution to our conservation work with a bespoke adoption
Remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion with a bespoke adoption. This kind of 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

  • A choice of titles from across our collection
  • A customised bookplate placed inside the conservation box which houses your item, for the lifetime of the box
  • Receive a personal 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.