Adopt-a-Book Program

UCSF’s Rare Book Collection contains more than 15,000 volumes with items dating from the 15th century, including 55 incunabula (books published before 1501), and almost 2,000 volumes of rare serials. These materials have been collected over the past 150 years through donations and gifts from faculty, alumni, and friends of the Library. Over time, many books have deteriorated so that additional use would add further damage to their condition.

book conservator at work

A conservator at the UC Berkeley Library conservation lab.

With your support, our goal is to fund the restoration of 150 books that were published before 1864, the year that UCSF was founded. Your donations will support the work of conservators that will stabilize the books and prevent future damage, in addition to paper restoration, cleaning, and some cosmetic treatment.

Your generous support will be acknowledged with two bookplates in your name: a printed bookplate in the restored volume and a virtual bookplate in our online catalog. You are welcome to adopt a book in honor or in memory of someone. All donors will be invited for a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and will be able to view their adopted book.

As a busy research library we are dedicated to making these books accessible for researchers in the present and to preserving them for future generations. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and continued support of the UCSF Archives and Special Collections!


Website Credits and Acknowledgements

UCSF Library staff
Polina Ilieva, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Margaret Hughes, Assistant Archivist
Michele Mizejewski, Web Initiatives Librarian
Erin Hayes, Web and Marketing Assistant

We are grateful to the following UCSF staff for their support of the project
Karen Butter, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor
Gary Bernard, Director of Development for School Programs, University Development and Alumni Relations

UCSF Archives interns
Rene Radusky, SJSU SLIS student
Jesse Chairez, USF student

Book conservator
Coriander Reisbord