There are three levels of adoption. Each adoption fee reflects the conservation needs of the item as well as its importance and rarity. Typical repairs needed for books include hinge and spine repair, re-backing, re-sewing and page repairs. If a particular item in our collections means a lot to you, or you would like to make an unrestricted gift not linked to a specific item, please get in touch. We are very happy to discuss individual adoption options.
From £150 you can adopt one general library book or item. Benefits include:
- Your name will be permanently associated with the book you are adopting on the Online Library Catalogue.
- You will receive a certificate with details of your item.
- Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and proceedings.
From £400 you can adopt a special work of Natural History needing more in-depth conservation. Benefits include:
- As AdoptLINN Essential.
- An exclusive Treasures Tour for you and up to four guests.
From £800 you can adopt an outstanding work of Natural History in need of conservation work. Benefits include:
- As AdoptLinn Highlight.
- A conservation demonstration by our Conservator for you and up to four guests.
- Once conserved, your item will be displayed with an acknowledgement of your contribution.
Please note. In the event that your donation exceeds the cost of repairing your adopted item, the balance will be put towards conservation of other library material.
We are flexible! If there is a particular item in our Collections that you know needs conservation, or an item on a subject close to your heart that is not on this list, contact the Collections staff, who will be happy to help. By the same token, the Society welcomes "unrestricted" gifts of any size, not linked to a specific item, with proceeds assigned to collections conservation projects at the discretion of Collections staff and curators.
Any data supplied by you is used by the Linnean Society for the aforementioned purposes and will not undergo any secondary processing. If you do not wish your name to appear in the public domain (online Library Catalogue, website, and Linnean Society publications), please notify Collections staff in writing.