How do I know if former library books for sale really are former library books?
August 25, 2008 6:26 PM Subscribe
I have some books I purchased online that are purportedly retired from their originating library's collection. How do I know if they are retired or on the lam?
posted by jamaro to shopping (11 answers total)
I frequently purchase used books from Amazon Marketplace. The sales description of the book will state it is a former library book (or retired library, ex-library etc) and when the book arrives, sure enough it will bear stickers and stamps common to library books. Usually the books will also be stamped with words to the effect of “Removed from XZY Library collection.” However, this week I received two used books from different vendors which have no such stamp. Further, the description made no mention that the books would be ex-library, and the only modification to the books are the Sharpie scribbles over the library inventory bar code. This makes me nervous because I’d hate to think that some schmucks are fulfilling book orders by ‘shopping’ in the aisles of his or her local library. Checking back through previous purchases, I've found several other suspect books. Short of calling these libraries all over the country, are there any other ways of determining if these books were really retired from collection vs stolen?
None of these books are out of print or otherwise rare. Most are children's picture books.