Ways to support us

There are many ways in which you can support us. Here are some of the most important.

Regular giving

Regular donations are vital to help us continue studentships, research and sustainable work on our collections. They also foster long-term engagement with the Rylands.

Gift Aid means that for every £100 UK taxpayers donate, we can claim back a further £25. Higher rate taxpayers are eligible for further tax relief. US taypayers are able to make tax-efficient donations via the North American Foundation for The University of Manchester (NAFUM), and similar schemes operate in Hong Kong and Canada.

One-off donations

One-off donations support our ambitions for acquisitions, conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and research, as well as exciting capital developments at John Rylands Research Institute and Library. We would be delighted to discuss options with you, and welcome you into the Rylands community.

Gift Aid means that for every £100 UK taxpayers donate, we can claim back a further £25. Higher rate taxpayers are eligible for further tax relief. US taxpayers are able to make tax-efficient donations via the North American Foundation for The University of Manchester (NAFUM), and similar schemes operate in Hong Kong and Canada.

Legacies

In 1908 Enriqueta Rylands bequeathed £200,000 to her Library, the equivalent of over £20m today. Since then we have regularly benefited from legacies large and small.

We strongly encourage testators to discuss their intentions with us; we can help by advising on the most suitable form of support for the Rylands, whether financial or in material collections. Nationally significant objects and collections may qualify for tax exemption under the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

Collections

We are constantly seeking to build our collections through major acquisitions that fall within our Collecting Policy for Special Collections. Whether you wish to donate a single item or an entire collection, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact John Hodgson, Associate Director (Curatorial Practices), john.hodgson@manchester.ac.uk.