May 16, 2022

Sno-Ile Libraries (Washington): Man Sold 2,471 Stolen Library Books


Police said a library user used the system to steal and sell thousands of books bought with taxpayer money [from Sno-Isle Libraries (Snohomish and Island Counties, Washington)].

According to court papers, 33-year-old Terrance Mitchell spent hours at library computers logged on to the book-buying website Cash4Books.

He would find what was going for a good price, like cookbooks and auto manuals.

Then, he’d find the book on the shelf and peel off the bar codes.

The library is working to recover the stolen books. So far about 100 have been recovered.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.