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Where does the money go?

When you adopt a book, the money you contribute is collected in the Library’s Adopt a Book account.  From there, it is allocated through our main funds to where the need is greatest. 

Will the money I contribute be used to care for a specific item?

Except in very special circumstances, we do not allocate money for spending on particular items; as a University Library our remit is to provide study and research material for all our users, as well as to make sure that books and manuscripts in our Special Collections are properly cared for. 

Because of this, we cannot always predict where the money you contribute to Adopt a Book is most needed.  What we can do, of course, is to assure you that all of the money raised through Adopt a Book is put to very good use.

Some of these uses are indicated below:

Main Collections

Providing books, electronic materials and other resources, sharing our expertise and participating in projects intended to further the aims of the Library and University are all part of the Library’s normal operations and contribute to the ongoing developments which are consistently recognised as demonstrating  that The University of Manchester Library is among the finest in the UK.

Additional funds allow us to do more in these areas and, where appropriate, to do things we might not otherwise have been able to.

Special Collections

The John Rylands Library, which houses most of the University Library’s Special Collections, is world-renowned both for the materials it contains and the building itself.  

Our purpose is not simply to preserve and conserve items in our Special Collections – though of course that is an important aspect of our work – but to make as much material available for use by students, researchers and members of the public as possible. 

This includes mounting regular exhibitions, holding events, maintaining the tradition of The John Rylands Library as a public library, and using emerging techniques and technology to make material more widely and easily available.

Examples of how we’ve used your money

The Colonna Missal

In its "most important single-volume acquisition of the last forty years", The John Rylands Library acquired the 'missing' seventh volume of a celebrated Renaissance manuscript. The volume is part of the famous Colonna Missal, a magnificent service-book made for use in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It now joins the six other volumes that have been housed at the John Rylands Library since 1901.