Donate to or Sponsor the Astrology Library
The astrological library founded by Philip M. Graves has been under development since the first books on astrology he received as gifts in 1995, and has been settled in permanent premises visitable by astrologers and scholars in South Wales, UK since 2018.
The library is not funded by any organisation, educational establishment, trust fund or local authority, and to date has been entirely self-financed.
If you represent a university or other educational body, or an astrological or heritage organisation, and would like to sponsor the library on an ongoing basis in return for use of the facilities or the promotion of your activities through the pages of its website at Astrolearn.com, please contact us with your proposals or to request further information.
We welcome private donations by both individuals and organisations of funds for the purchase of additional books, as well as direct donations of books and magazine issues of relevance that are not in the library so far (please note that because of limited space, we cannot generally accept unsorted donations of books that include duplicates of materials already in the library).
If you wish to donate funds, there are three main ways you can donate at the moment:
1. Direct Paypal donation
Directly donate a sum via Paypal in pounds sterling. This is efficient as no VAT is payable on your donation and commission is limited to the usual Paypal fees and conversion rate spreads:
2. Sponsor the Astrology Library on Patreon
VAT is payable on Patreon services at 20% in the UK, so this is less efficient, but all Patreon subscriptions are valued for their contribution of funds to the library on an ongoing basis. Starting in October 2021, Patreon subscribers have been receiving exclusive monthly news updates on the platform.
3. Sponsor the purchase of a new academic book of your choice from our current wants list.
New academic books of relevance to the history of astrology can be costly, often costing upwards of GBP £100, but are extremely valuable to visiting researchers as scholarly reference material, and if you sponsor a single one of these, unless you express your wish to remain anonymous, you will be thanked with a custom write-up on our blog acknowledging your generous donation and linking through to the website of your choice (which could be your personal or professional website or a charity you support – please note that we do not link to political websites or other potentially divisive content). Other books will continue to be funded by Graves personally on an ongoing basis.
To sponsor any of these books, please make your selection from our current academic books wants list and send Graves an email on [email protected]. He will check that it is still available to buy at all and provided that it is, then get back to you with details of the cheapest current supplier he can find that ships to the UK, and the price. If you wish to go ahead with your donation to the library, all you have to do then is use the Paypal donations button above to the sum indicated, and Graves will place the order using the money received. If preferred, you may directly order the book yourself – on condition of keeping the library address strictly confidential for reasons of security! In either case, all books donated from this list are guaranteed to become a permanent part of the library.
PS: In 2020, the same building also began to house the periodicals and foreign-language books archive of the Astrological Association of Great Britain under my stewardship, adding significantly to the breadth and depth of the resources available under one roof to visiting researchers. In 2022, the Astrological Association’s main collection of English-language books also moved in. The Astrological Association’s collections remain under its own separate ownership and are now housed entirely in separate rooms where they may be accessed by visiting AA members on request.
Philip Graves (librarian)