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Library Foundation Fund

We rely on the generous benefaction of our alumni to help preserve and make available some of the world’s most unique and internationally significant texts, manuscripts and objects.

Supporting our Collections


The Library Foundation Fund is designed to provide long term and targeted financial support to the Library's University Collections. The fund will enable work of excellence that would not normally be possible.

Donations to the Library Foundation Fund will be spent on preserving and conserving the unique collections that the University holds; fulfilling our long term commitment since the University’s establishment in 1582.

Our Special Collections, Museums and Art Collections are a window into the past and include manuscripts and archives, rare books, photographs, printed and handwritten music, musical instruments, architectural drawings and theses. The collections relate to the University of Edinburgh and its history, and to Scotland and the wider world.

By preserving the University’s rare and unique physical collections we will ensure they are protected, stored appropriately and made available for generations to come.

This important work will mean the collections are available and accessible for both teaching and research, and will encourage widening participation and engagement with the University. It also offers unique opportunities for our staff to train students, and share a range of skills in conservation and preservation with them.

Make a donation

Thank you for supporting the University Library with an online donation.

The links will take you to our secure online giving pages where you can select the specific fund that you would like to support.

Regular gift

A regular gift enables us to ensure your donation has the greatest possible impact because it enables us to plan effectively. You can choose the amount you wish to give and when.

Make a regular gift using our secure online service

Single gift

Your gift will support a variety of projects within the University Library, educating and inspiring the next generation of students. You can choose the amount you wish to give.

Make a single gift using our secure online service

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