Adopt a Book

The Cathedral Library houses over 6000 books and manuscripts, dating from 985 to the present day.

In 2021 we received a generous donation that has funded the repair of our Shakespeare Fourth Folio.


There are many books in our collection that require care and attention to ensure that they remain available for researchers now and in the future, and we can work with you to match your interests to our books.  These may be books such as:

  • Marcus Meibomius on Antique Music
  • John Selden on the British naval supremacy
  • Oliver Goldsmith on natural history

For the full list, please download our Adopt a Book Brochure

A donation of as little as £25 can help us to make protective enclosures for fragile books, larger donations will help us to repair books that are not able to be handled without causing damage.


  • £25 – your donation will be acknowledged on our online donors register.
  • £100 – you will be acknowledged and also receive a limited edition gift based on the Library collection.
  • Full cost of the repair to a book – you can choose the book that you support, and will also be invited to attend our annual donors tour where you will see the books repaired during that year and speak to the archivist, conservators and books binders who have worked on these items during the year.  In addition a name of your choice will be included as part of the record of the repair that will form part of the repaired book.

For more information, please contact the Archivist at or telephone 01452 229818.  You can download the donation form to print and complete at home: Donation Form

Donors to the Cathedral Library and Archives

We would like to thank the generous donors who have made contributions to the management, repair and maintenance of the Cathedral Library and Archives:

Grants towards cataloguing - Pilgrim Trust and Marc Fitch Fund

Grants towards conservation - National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Grant towards purchase of manuscripts - Friends of Gloucester Cathedral

Donation "In memoriam Chris Jeens" - Teresa Tavormina

Donation - Ms E Morrison

Grant towards conservation - St James' Place Wealth Management

Donation - Grandad and Mo agree with David Blake that "There is no higher life form than a librarian" (the Science of Discworld)

Donation of cost of repair of Shakespeare Fourth Folio - "In memoriam David Blake"

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