Lincoln Cathedral is home to over 20,000 historic books some dating from around 1500.

Book Adoptions play an important role in helping to meet the cost of conserving the Cathedral’s collection of historic books. Adopting a book at Lincoln Cathedral makes for a perfect gift and are available from just £25. There are a variety of adoption opportunities for you to choose from:


The Library is a living, working part of the Cathedral. The earliest items in our archive date back to the 10th Century when William the Conqueror wrote on a Parchment to instruct Bishop Remigius to move the seat of the Diocese from Dorchester on Thames to Lincoln. Many of the items in the collection are of national and even global importance. Adoption packs are generally sent out on the next working day following your adoption, but there may be a slight delay at peak times.

Did you know?
If you adopt a book from 1500-1599, you will also be offered a complimentary Fellow membership of Lincoln Cathedral for a year - usually worth £120. To find out more about the benefits of this membership, please click here.

There's more
In addition to the book adoptions highlighted here, we also have a range medieval manuscripts that are available for sponsorship, starting at £2,000. Should you wish to find out more about these, please contact the Grants & Donations Office on 01522 561614 or email and we will be happy to discuss the current availability with you.

Images are for illustration purposes only.  Actual book may differ.

Make a Donation - Book (1700 - 1850)

Book (1700 - 1850)

£ 25

Make a Donation - Book (1600 - 1699)

Book (1600 - 1699)

£ 75

Make a Donation - Book (1500 - 1599)

Book (1500 - 1599)

£ 150

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