Preserving our collections

Many of the books in The Portico Library's 19th-century collection are in urgent need of repair or rebinding. It is vital that these items are preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Below are some ways to help us preserve the books.

Endangered Books List Fund

You can make a difference by donating to our Endangered Books List fund. Your donation, however small it may seem, will enable The Portico to source new materials, equipment and skills to conserve the collections for future generations. Take a look at our Endangered Books List catalogue to learn about the types of books your donations are saving from extinction.

Donations of £5 - £70 can be made to the Endangered Books List fund. Click on the link below to give today.


Adopt a book

Anyone can help restore The Portico Library's unique collection of rare and important books, illustrations and archives. Click on our extended list of endangered books to view some ideas (last updated 28.08.2019). Over 50% of the Library’s holdings require some form of repair so you can also search the online catalogue. You can get in touch to arrange a viewing of a book, choose which items you want to save and make your donation. In return for adopting a single book, you'll receive a commemorative plate in the front of the newly repaired volume to memorialise your contribution, either in your name, or on behalf of a loved one.

To speak to us about adopting a book please call 0161 236 6785 or complete the form below.

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