Back a Book
Through careful monitoring and professional conservation of the books, manuscripts and prints in the Pepys Library and the Old Library, we can ensure that these items are studied and exhibited for years to come.
You can be part of this preservation of history by 'backing a book' - supporting an item in our historic collections which is in need of professional conservation. On this page, we have selected items which are in need of repair for you to choose from and the cost of sponsorship.
New items for Back a Book 2019-2020 will be added during the summer.
Items for Conservation
Our wonderful supporters have backed all of our books; new items in need of conservation will be added shortly.
Back A Book
If you would like to back a book, please complete the online donation form.Back A Book Donation Form
Alternatively, if you would prefer to send a cheque please download complete and return the paper donation form.
For those who support the conservation of an item in full, we will recognise your generous contribution in the following ways:
- a 'Conservation Report' outlining the work undertaken on the item, with 'before and after' photos for personal study
- acknowledgement in the online catalogue record of the book, if applicable (currently printed books only)
- an acknowledgement in the Pepys Library section of the college website and the 'Friends of the Pepys Library' Newsletter
The 'lead time' for the conservation may vary, especially in the unlikely event of an emergency repair arising. However, we will keep in contact with you regarding the estimated timescale.
Friends of the Pepys
Back a Book is run in parallel with our Friends of the Pepys Library and Historic Collections scheme. You do not need to be a member to back a book.
If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Pepys to keep up to date with news from the historic libraries please visit the Friends of the Pepys webpage or contact the Coordinator of the Friends Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.