May 21, 2022

List: The Boston Public Library’s Most-Lost Books

From The Boston Globe:

The creator of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, Jeff Kinney, says he’s startled. Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz says he’s mortified. A celebrated children’s author, Lois Lowry, says she hopes the books are in good hands.

The writers share a dubious — or perhaps coveted — distinction: They’re authors of a book or books that have disappeared from the Boston Public Library’s shelves in large quantities, landing on a list of its 50 most-lost titles.


The library estimates that between 10,000 and 15,000 books are lost annually. Many of the most-lost titles are popular books — some of which have been made into movies. More than a few were written by local authors.

Melissa Andrews, the BPL’s collection development manager, said the library pays up to $25,000 annually to replace items that go missing.

The most-lost books are a mix of titles that fit into broad categories, said Amy Pattee, an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

Read the Complete Article, Review List of BPL’s Most-Lost Books

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