The British Library’s “Adopt-a-Book” program lets you pick out a favored text from among the famous collection and make a donation that’s earmarked for that specific book’s upkeep and preservation. If you give enough money, they’ll even put a plate in the book to tell people who request the books at the library’s reading rooms that you, personally are responsible for that book’s ongoing presence on the shelf.

Maybe I should do this for my own library. Anyone who buys me a book, and includes a very modest donation for upkeep (dusting the shelves, putting the books back when Daniel pulls them all down, etc.) will get a commemorative bookmark with their name on it. In the book, I mean. Not sent to you. You know who you are.

[via Boing Boing Blog]