The Most Stolen Library Books

The Most Stolen Library Books

While there’s not a lot of hard data available on what books frequently disappear from library shelves, the FBI compiled a list of coveted titles back in 2008. However, that was based off one man’s particularly egregious stealing spree and was never released to the public for fear of a copycat book theft. MainStreet was determined to find out whether or not our preconceived notions on library theft were actually true. (I pictured a hapless thief stealing a heavy Encyclopedia Britannica, while my editor thought everyone wanted The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.) MainStreet talked to librarians, who filled us in on which books frequently go missing. Their answers were more scandalous than you’d expect from a story about libraries, so read on to find out which books and other publications are shoplifted out of circulation the most. Photo Credit: CCAC North Library


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