News | June 18, 2010

ILAB Launches Stolen Book Site

We, as an organization and as individual booksellers, do all we can to combat theft of books.

As the world’s leading Antiquarian Booksellers we find the theft of books abhorrent to our nature and we have always worked successfully with law enforcement organizations, librarians and other interested persons to combat theft and to reclaim stolen property and bring thieves to justice. As a community of booksellers we have for many years worked together in exchanging information on stolen books and the circumstances surrounding the theft of books and this month the launch of our new and much improved stolen book database is another step in our continued efforts to combat theft and to locate stolen books.

The database is open to all ILAB booksellers who may enter details of books stolen from themselves or their customers. Individuals, librarians and other booksellers may approach their local ILAB bookseller if they wish to enter any details of books stolen or if they wish to check if a book is listed. This data is frequently checked by numerous booksellers and in the past has lead to the recovery of stolen books as well as the conviction of thieves. For more information click on

Paul Feain (ILAB Security Chair)