Richard Robinson, Archbishop of Armagh founded the library in his cathedral city in 1771 and saw it as embodying the 18th-century spirit of enlightenment, discovery and learning.
Armagh Robinson Library hosts over 40,000 literary gems – from medieval Books of Hours and early editions of the Bible to classic literature, books on science, mathematics, art, music and travel.
Now it is seeking support from individuals, families, groups or businesses to help it to continue developing, conserving and protecting these treasures. It has set up an Adopt-a-Book scheme with a range of options to choose from – from £50 to £1000 – and until late 2023 the National Lottery Heritage Fund is matching every donation, which means your donation will go much further to help the Library and, if you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid will provide an additional cash boost.
For example, a donation of £100 will attract Gift Aid of £25; this is matched by the NHLF and will generate £250 for the library. If you are a higher-rate taxpayer you can claim back the Gift Aid, which means that your £100 will only cost you £75.
All donors to the Adopt-a-Book scheme will receive a certificate recording their donation and a bookplate will be inserted inside the cover of the book you have adopted.