Adopt -a- Book

Adopt -a- Book

To help repair and preserve the collection of Manchester's little known 19th century library.

We did it!

On 15th Sep 2015 we successfully raised £360 with 13 supporters in 42 days

Project aim

The conservation and preservation of our mainly 19th century collection.

About the project

Adopt-a-Book 2015: An Exhibition at The Portico Library

Since 1806 The Portico Library has existed as a cultural oasis in Manchester’s city centre. Within its walls, the history of the library and the men who built it have been preserved, but unfortunately, many of the books haven’t fared so well. Over the years they have been read, referenced, thumbed and fumbled into a state of near disintegration! We are very much heartened to know that our books have been enjoyed by so many avid readers and bibliophiles down the years, but now many of our books need a new lease of life if they are to continue to give as much pleasure and knowledge as they have clearly done in the past.

So, throughout the month of August 2015, you will find an exhibition of books on show at The Portico Library that are particularly in need of restoration. Our team has unearthed some wonderful and curious books on topics ranging from medieval alphabets to gothic architecture, and from antiquarian customs to balloon air travel. These are books that we have identified as excellent candidates for conservation. We will also be showing some examples of books that have already been repaired or handsomely rebound.

During the exhibition we are calling out to all book lovers who may wish to make a contribution towards the continued preservation of The Portico’s collection. By donating to this cause you will be ensuring the survival of this amazing historic gem, unique in Manchester’s illustrious past.

The Portico Library greatly appreciates all donations to this cause, but even if you can’t donate, we invite you to come and enjoy the exhibition which runs from the 11th-29th August . Please see our opening hours on our website and feel free to contact a member of The Portico Library’s staff if you have any questions. Thank you!


Please note: The Portico Library was established in 1806 by and for readers in 19th century Manchester. Today we remain an independent, subscription library open to members and researchers. Our gallery and cafe space is open to the public throughout our opening hours and we run events and outreach programmes which aim to engage as many people as possible with the Library. There are various ways to access our historic collection on an individual or group basis. For further information, please refer to our website or contact us at The Portico.


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