Lost Books

  • If you lost your library book, you're on the hook to buy another copy for the school or pay for the book. 

    Places to Look for Lost Library Books

    First things first, try to remember what the book/s looked like:

    How big was it? What color? Was it thick or thin?

    What do you remember about the cover?

    Is it hardcover or paperback?

    If you're not sure, ask the librarian, maybe she can remember. Also, keep in mind, all library books have spine labels, barcode labels and library labels so that they stand out.

    So, where was the last place you remember having the book?

    Here's a list of actual places where kids from all over the US have found their missing books. Even if you don't find yours in of these suggested locations, it might help you think of other areas to search.


    Around the House

    In the car (also check under the seats)

    Under the baby's car seat

    In the trunk of the car

    Under the spare tire

    In the other car

    In the garage

    Behind or under the washing machine

    Behind or under the dryer

    In the stroller bag

    In the recycling bin

    In your folder or binder

    In your backpack

    In your other backpack

    In your sibling's backpack

    On top of the piano

    In the piano bench

    In the reclining chair (between the arm and the seat cushion)

    Under or in back of the sofa (also check under cushions)

    Under or on top of the kitchen or dining room table

    Behind the refrigerator (because it fell off of the top)

    In the freezer

    On top of/behind/under the oven

    On top of, behind, or under the dishwasher

    On your bedroom bookshelf

    On one of the other bookshelves

    (Check all the books turned around backwards and behind other books on the bookshelf)

    On/in your desk at home

    On/in your brother/sister's desk

    Under your bed

    Under your brother/sister's bed

    Between the sheets at the foot of your bed

    Between your bed and the wall

    Between the mattress and box springs

    In the trundle bed

    In the crib

    On top or behind the dresser

    In the dresser drawers

    In the closet (check all closets)

    Under the dirty clothes

    Inside the your couch that folds out into a bed

    In the toy box

    In the bathroom

    On the back porch

    In the dog house

    In the tree house

    In the back yard

    By the pool

    In the basement

    In the guest house

    In the play house

    Packed with the holiday decorations

    Under the TV set stand

    On top of the VCR/DVD player

    On top of the stereo

    In the magazine rack

    On the coffee table

    Under the rug

    At the lake house

    On the boat

    Ask your parents if they've seen it

    Ask your brother/ sister if they've seen it

    Ask other relatives if they've seen it


    Around Town

    At the doctor's or dentist's office

    At the local public library

    At the church/temple/mosque library

    At the babysitter's house

    At a relative's house

    At your daycare/after-school care facility

    At your friend's house

    At your other parent's house

    At Mom or Dad's work place

    At another relative's work place

    Wherever you went on errands recently (bank, grocery store, etc.)

    On the boat, airplane, train

    At the restaurant

    At the hotel


    At School

    In the vehicle of whoever you ride to school with

    Wherever you hangout after school

    On the classroom or teacher's bookshelf

    In my neighbor's or friend's desk

    (ask their permission before looking)

    In the cafeteria, gym, band room, etc.

    At the school office

    At the school office or library where your brother/sister attends school.

    Ask your teachers if they've seen it

    In any of the "Lost and Found" areas around school

    Ask your friends if they've seen it

    On the library shelf

    (It might've been shelved without being checked in)


    Last but not least, think about the last time your parents told you to clean your room. Now, think about the various places you shoved piles of things, so that they would think you'd actually cleaned it. ;-) Make sure you check all of those places, too.

    P.S. If you find your book in a place not listed here somewhere let us know and we'll add it.

    *Courtesy of:

    "txschoollibrarians.wikispaces.com/file/view/Place+to+Look+for+Lost+Library+Books.doc" (you can copy this text and paste it in a browser to see the word document if you have Microsoft Word or a compatible program)