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Legacy Giving

We are grateful to many individuals who have left the Library a gift in their Will or have remembered a loved one through a donation.

Our Library has a long history of philanthropic support.  The oldest of our libraries, The John Rylands Library, was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband. 

A gift in your Will will have a lasting effect and is a tax efficient way to help us continue Mrs Rylands' philanthropic legacy by supporting the Library and our work.

It will also help us develop and nurture those academics, researchers and community members who use our resources, across all our libraries, and are inspired by our collections. 

Previous gifts have included:

  • Funding towards a million pound project to install rolling stacks in our Main Library store, which not only increased capacity but also provided suitable storage for our historical medical collection and other notable and high value collections
  • Conservation and preservation of part of our Spencer Collection
  • Conservation and preservation of the Micrograhia by Robert Hooke
  • Purchase of Special Collections

However large or small the gift, we are committed to using gifts to maintain the Library’s facilities and collections as a leading Research Library for future generations by:

  • Acquiring works for our Collections
  • Conserving and preserving
  • Researching and discovering
  • Major capital projects
  • School programmes and outreach work

We have a proud past, and we can look forward to an even greater future with your help.  Legacy gifts are critical, allowing us to plan for the future with greater security and flexibility.

Whatever the reason or size, a gift in your Will means that you can help us foster innovation, helping to maintain The University of Manchester as a top globally ranking university.

Together, we can ensure that the Library will continue to leave its own long-term legacy for those scholars, students and community members who will benefit from our resources and facilities long into the future.

When the time is right we hope that you will consider the Library when making your Will.  In return, we are committed to maximising the thoughtfulness and efficiency with which we manage the funds we receive. We make every effort to meet your stated preferences to the fullest possible extent, and encourage you to share your plans with us to ensure that your wishes can be fulfilled in the longer term. 

Please do also let us know if you are thinking of remembering us in this thoughtful way so that we can say thank you.