Back a Book

The Library contains one of the most important collections of early printed books in any of the great national libraries. The Back-a-Book scheme asks for your help in preserving the Library's heritage for future generations.

Please sponsor the vital conservation and repair of a book and play a part in the Library's future. Sponsorship can be by individuals or organisations, and can be made on behalf of others, or in someone's memory. Following repair, each book will have a bookplate placed inside which will include an appropriate message of acknowledgement.

As well as suffering from general wear and tear, the libraries of both Lambeth Palace and Sion College were bombed during World War II and many thousands of the Sion books still have unrepaired bomb damage. There is therefore a need for an extensive programme of specialist repair.

We welcome all donations, but as a guide:

£30 will rebind a small volume in buckram
£150 will restore a leather binding
£250 helps conserve a volume requiring paper and binding conservation

To Back-a-Book, please complete an application form (attached, right) and return it to the Library.