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Preserve our shared heritage for future generations

BeFriend a Book is a practical way for book lovers to help preserve precious works of literature in Senate House Library for future generations of students and researchers. You can BeFriend a Book as a gift, for yourself, or even in memory of a loved one.

All levels of support are welcomed. You can choose to BeFriend an individual book, or support a number of books. You can also give generally to the Library’s conservation work.


Everyone who BeFriends a book will receive a personal thank you letter, along with a certificate acknowledging their contribution.


Each of the books in need have been identified by Senate House Library as in need of immediate conservation. Many are hundreds of years old, and their past lives and provenance are of huge cultural and historical importance.

Find out more and give online

You can give online to BeFriend a Book, and donate to cover either the full or partial cost of the conservation of a book, or support the work of Senate House Library’s conservation team.

All of the books available as part of the BeFriend a Book scheme have been identified by Senate House Library as those most in need of repair.

Please note, if you choose to BeFriend a particular book that has already been fully funded, your donation will be directed towards another book in need within the scheme.

If you would like to find out more about BeFriend a Book, get in touch with Lindsay Triggs, Regular Giving Manager by email at or by telephone on +44 (0)20 7863 1340.

Alternatively, you can write to:

The Development Office, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Recognising our BeFrienders

Since 2009, the following benefactors have supported BeFriend a Book. We would like to thank them here:

  • Benjamin Bather

  • Professor Laurel Brake**
  • Professor Sandra Clark
  • Dr Jane Darcy
  • Paul Graham
  • Marylin Lister
  • Professor Michael Slater

* denotes additional donations

All funds raised are used to support the conservation of the listed items (at the discretion of the Library). Donations only support conservation of a particular item where this has been agreed.