DID YOU KNOW:
There is an international archive of stolen books? You can access it at www.stolen-book.org.
This online resource allows librarians and other scholars to keep up to date on what has gone missing – and what has been found. The site only lists books missing since 2010, but it is a start. The database has to be careful about what it reveals. After all, the revelation that (to give one real example) a former librarian removed ownership labels and scratched out old identifying stamps so he could sell valuable library property could be used as a how-to guide to other felonious clerks. However, what it does offer is not only fascinating to book lovers, it also inspired the central mystery in Code Grey.
I’m afraid I’ve spent so much time reading up on what has gone missing, and from where, that I am probably on various watch lists. I find it immensely encouraging to know that these books aren’t forgotten and may – like the “lost” texts in Code Grey – be recovered one day.