Book Conservation

Since its formation in 1866, the Royal Aeronautical Society has been acquiring aeronautical books, journals and other items which are now housed in the National Aerospace Library at Farnborough.
Owing to a combination of age and use, a number of the older volumes in the library are in a worn condition and require rebinding.

These books and journals date primarily from pre-1945 and form a major collection of the world's aeronautical heritage which should be preserved for current and future generations of researchers. The average cost of rebinding a worn volume is about £35, depending on its size and condition. Anyone who would like to contribute to rebinding costs will have their donation recorded on the bookplate inside the particular rebound volume.

A list of the titles which currently require rebinding can be downloaded here.

If you would like to 'adopt' a book or journal, either in your own name or in memory of someone else, please download a request form and return it to the librarians, either by email ( or by post:


As the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life, or as a way to give back to the Library, your support will help to preserve our collection for years to come.