Why to “adopt a book”?
The books that are very interesting for many users need to be constantly or more often restored. Even if the access to these documents is more restricted, the most valuable collections of manuscripts, old printed editions, archival materials and photographs have to be specially processed in order to prolong their life cycle. Many of these collections, stored in the National Library, have already been entirely restored and are in a good physical condition. Although there are several documents, which restoration through the old technologies is very unsatisfactory and documents, which because of many different reasons have not been restored so far. The financial funds, needed for the document restoration, are very high and exceed the finances, provided by the library budget and different projects. So, like many European and American libraries, the National Library decided to start its own permanent programme.
However, the National Library gives priority to documents from the special collections, instead of the new publications. The first manuscript that was proposed for restoration, belongs to an other institution – the Church, Historical and Archival Institute to the Bulgarian Patriarchate. This is also a very strange and unusual fact. But the explication of this situation is quite simple – a scientific team to the National Library prepared and published the first volume of the inventory of the Slavonic manuscripts in the Church, Historical and Archival Institute to the Bulgarian Patriarchate. This was done as a part of a project, funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science. Because of the bad physical condition of a part of the collection there has been allocated also finances for its restoration. This restoration has helped to save eight manuscripts and some fragments. Because of that the National Library decided to start the „adopt a book” programme with such a destroyed manuscript. We think that the restoration activities have not be postponed and the manuscripts do not belong to any institution, but to the whole country and people.
The next candidates were identified from the funds and collections of the National Library – manuscripts and old printed books. They will be also the main funds and collections to select copies for restoration from.
Who could “adopt a book”?
Everyone, who would like to do it. The donator could be a private person, state or private institution, social organization. Several donators could contribute to the adoption of a single document. The donation could be done on a personal name or because of a special occasion or reason.
What does “the adopter” receive?
The right to have his/her name written on the artistically designed label incorporated in the archival box of the document; the right to have access to the original in its primal and/or restored condition.
The adopter receives a Certificate for the donation, made especially for the programme and signed by the Director of the National Library. The donors’ names are inscribed in the ‘Adopters’ and ‘Adopted books’ sections on the web and are publicly announced in the current year on appropriate solemn occasions like the Day of the Bulgarian Enlighteners (1 November), the National Library Holiday (10 December) and others.
How to adopt a book?
The donation money could be paid directly at the Cash-desk of the Library (Floor 1, Room 60) or deposited on the bank account: BULSTAT 000672293, IBAN BG20UNCR76303100112993 BIC code UNCRBGSF. During the period until September 2012 the donations may be paid also through the Choose to Help Donation Campaign of Raiffeisenbank (see The Programme’s partners). The donor signs a Contract with the Library, in which the amount of money and its purpose are strictly indicated.
For more information: Dr. Elissaveta Moussakova, archivist in the Manuscripts and Old Printed Books Department, chief-coordinator of the programme, tel. 02 9183 165, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Progamme’s partners
Kultura Newspaper is our first and permanent media partner. In October 2011 the Adopt a Book Programme was selected as one of the targets of the Choose to Help Donation Campaign of Raiffeisenbank, in its Culture and Education module.
More about Adopt a Book in the National Library
Kultura Newspaper, No 1 (2573), 14 January 2010
Kultura Newspaper, No. 6 (2578), 19 February 2010
Kultura Newspaper, No 45 (2618), 24 December 2010
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