William Salt Library
How You Can Save a Book
You will find a selection of books for conservation on the Book List. You may choose to save a book as an individual, with a partner or as a society or organisation. We regularly add new books to the List.
You can Save a Book as an individual, with a partner or as a society or organisation.
Once you have made your choice, please download and complete the Save a Book form, returning it to us by post with your cheque. We aim to acknowledge receipt of this within five working days.
You may also, if you wish, ask the Librarian to select a book for conservation to which your donation will be applied.
The amount of work required does vary for each book and therefore so does the cost of conservation. We have estimated the minimum costs of conservation for each volume and, once we reach the required level of donations required, we will remove the book from the list and arrange for its conservation. This means that more than one person can help to save a particular book.
Saving a Book as a Gift
You may like to consider a different kind of birthday, anniversary, wedding present or Christmas gift for the person who has everything! You simply need to tell us the wording for the dedication.
Saving a Book in Memory of a Family Member, Friend or Colleague
Saving a Book is a lasting way of remembering a loved one, friend or colleague. The dedication of your choice will be placed on the bookplate.
Our Approach to Conserving Our Books
Our approach is that of minimum intervention. In other words, once the conservation treatment has been carried out, the books will not look like new. Conservation ensures that the book will not deteriorate further and that it can be safely used by the public without fear of further damage. Conservation also preserves the intrinsic character of each book so that, for example, the special features of a 17th or 18th century binding can still be appreciated and not lost by an insensitive, modern re-binding.
The conservation process is carried out by specialist book conservators who will work on each book using time-honoured craft skills. All the techniques used are reversible.
All levels of donation are acknowledged by a personalised certificate, recording your donation to the Library. Please note that the minimum donation is £25.
If you donate a sum within the range, you will also receive the benefits detailed.
A bookplate, placed inside the book, recording your dedication.
A bookplate and an opportunity for a personal tour of the Library.
A bookplate, an opportunity for a personal tour of the Library, acknowledgement in the Library's Annual Report and the inclusion of your name on our Save a Book Donors' List.
If you would like to save a book which does not appear on the list of books, then there is a "choose your own book" option. Please provide us with details of your areas of interest and we will provide a choice of books from which you can select. You will also have the benefits listed at the £250-£500 donation level.
Follow this link for details on how to contact the Library
In order to Save a Book please complete and return the following Save a Book sponsorship form and return it to the Library.
Save a Book Sponsorship Form (128 kb)