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How to adopt a book

There are hundreds of books available for adoption.  To help you choose we have identified a number of books that require conservation. 

You can adopt a book by browsing through our 'Books available for adoption' list.  Once you have selected your book/syou can download the adoption form and return the completed form to us by email or post with your gift.  Alternatively, if you prefer us to select an item for you, please tick one of the categories on the adoption form and we will try to match your interests.

Individual adoption

Gifts of £100 and above will have a specially inscribed bookplate placed in your adopted book.  Bookplates carry an individual donor’s name, and can be dedicated as required, or to mark memorable occasions. Adopting a book for loved ones makes an enduring gift. 

Shared adoption

We are delighted to receive smaller donations, as every contribution helps us towards our goal of conserving more material. When choosing this option, you can specify the amount you would like to contribute towards the conservation of a title. For your specified gift, you will receive a personalised certificate recording your contribution.


Adopting a book can help mark a special occasion, a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary, Christmas, be in memory of a loved one, a class or year reunion, or simply be for the sheer joy of helping to preserve our veterinary heritage.  The bookplate will be inscribed with the name of the chosen person.

Your adopted book will be retained for as long as the RCVS Knowledge Library exists.

If you wish to discuss the choice of books further, please contact our Head of Library and Information Services, Clare Boulton, at [email protected] or call 020 7202 0710.