Adopt a Book today and help us conserve our collection for future generations

The Refectory Library is located in the south cloister of Durham Cathedral and houses over thirty thousand early printed books, dating from the very early sixteenth century to the late nineteenth century. Book purchasing during the eighteenth and nineteenth century covered many subjects, due to the clergy’s desire to learn about all aspects of the world. Topics covered include religion and theology, natural history, early science, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, architecture, maps and atlases, music, local history and even some children’s titles.

Adopt a Book gives you the opportunity to restore a book from the Cathedral's unique collection so that it can be made available once again to readers, researchers, historians, and members of the public. Every book available for adoption requires a level of conservation, costing from £80 to £1,000.  

To download Adopt a Book Catalogue 2017 please click here.

Should you wish to adopt a book, please complete the donation form and return it to Sophia Stovall, Development Office, Cathedral Office, The College, DH1 3EH or by email to 

If you are interested in finding out more about Adopt a Book, or how you can support the Library, please contact Sophia Stovall, Relationship & Development Manager on 0191 374 4055 or by e-mail


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