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Friends of the National Libraries

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Friends of the National Libraries: saving the nation's written and printed heritage
The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL) supports the nation's libraries - national and regional, great and small - to acquire rare books, manuscripts and archives. FNL is the equivalent of the Art Fund, but we save the written word in books, manuscripts, letters and archives. The collections acquired with FNL’s help are made accessible to children, students, scholars and the general public in perpetuity. FNL grants also help to leverage support from others for projects to conserve, catalogue and digitise collections.

FNL’s Prince of Wales Fund, launched by the Prince of Wales, FNL's Royal Patron, on 24th February, 2016. It will help to transform FNL’s ability to support libraries and archives across the UK. The Prince of Wales said: “Our libraries play a crucial role in preserving the letters of writers. Collections include poems, scientific discoveries as they were scribbled down in notebooks, precious bindings and even battle plans.
They keep our heritage alive and our libraries make them available to everyone, now and in the future. To let such access wither would indeed make the world an impoverished place..we simply must protect these treasure houses of our history and of everything that has made our culture and our country great." The target for the Prince of Wales fund is £1m and, by January 2017, over £953,000 had been raised. Support the Prince of Wales Fund and help save our written and printed heritage.

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