Lost: Library books

Andy Tu

Additional reporting by Ankit Dua


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Books are checked out and returned everyday. But what happens to those books that mysteriously disappear and never show up? Library media teacher Laura Utile tells us what happens to lost books and the consequences students face when they do lose a book.


Freshman Dohyun Kim checks a book out to a student. Kim is a seventh period library assistant.

How are books lost?


A math textbook being used by a student as he completes his homework.

How are students informed of their “lost books” and what consequences do they face?


A book being returned back to the library

What’s the process like for the library and student?


A book being taken out of the library for usage.

Are there any fees students have to pay for their lost books?