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06 December 2013 | Books & Poetry | By: Rachel Holdsworth

Santa's Lap: Adopt A Book From The British Library

Santa's Lap: Adopt A Book From The British Library


Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London-inspired Christmas gift that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…

Some organisations let you adopt a goat. In London, you can adopt a book from the British Library. Like the goat, you don't actually get to have the book, but you do get a book-jacket gift-card and personalised certificate. And, most importantly, the knowledge that your money is going to help preserve the British Library collection - conservators work on 1,800 items (books, manuscripts, maps, photos, you name it) each year.

For £25, select from 14 well known and loved titles including Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. If you want something a bit more personal, and have more money to spare (in the region of £150-£1,000), you can choose from the wider collection and meet the conservators. For £1,000+ you can also have a tour of the Library and the Conservation Centre. But maybe £25 is enough to be going on with.

See previous gift suggestions.

Photo of inside the British Library by Sean Batten, from the Londonist Flickr pool

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