Several patrons have returned library DVDs that they discovered at yard sales or in pawn shops.

One patron swore up and down that she’d returned a whole slew of books, only to find them the following fall when she unpacked her Christmas decorations.

A patron once found an overdue DVD under her stove. Her kids were playing “DVD soccer” in the kitchen and kicked it under there.

We had a patron who swore the DVD he’d book had vanished into thin air. Turned out that he’d left it on the roof of his trunk, then drove off. Another patron found it in a ditch and brought it in.

A patron once brought back a book that she found in her washing machine. It had been thrown in with a load of sheets and went through the entire wash cycle. (And yes, it was beyond repair and she had to pay for it.)

A mom once found an overdue book in her wok. Her toddler left it there when she was playing in the cupboard.

Because patrons often find overdue books under the car seat, we always recommend that people check there. One patron protested that he didn’t have a car — but he later found the missing book under the car seat of the guy who sells him pot!

The next time you lose track of a library book, be sure to check the usual places. Under your car seat. In the trunk. Behind the bookshelf. Then try inside the freezer and the washing machine, and on top of the ceiling fans. And don‘t forget to search under all your appliances!

Have you ever found a missing library book or DVD in a place that isn’t included here? Tell us about it in the Comments section below!

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  • Kelly Siderio December 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Once I borrowed a library boook with my moms card and then went to college. We realized years later that it was her missing library book.

  • Gail Willis December 2, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Years ago when I worked for Seattle Public Library’s H.E.L.P. Project doing outreach service to retirement homes, nursing homes, sheltered workshops, group homes for those with disabilities we got a call from the local Goodwill Industries saying that if we would send one of our vans they had a lot of library books that had come to them as donations to the thrift stores. We got boxes & boxes–some from our library system and several from other nearby libraries. The two most interesting were a book checked out of the Base Library at Pearl Harbor marked due December 7, 1941 and one that had been checked out from my own high school by a friend of my father (they also attended that school) due in 1930.

  • Mickey December 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I had a false memory of returning two books that I later found next to the front door in a box. I was absolutely, positively certain I dropped them into the book chute. I remembered it like a film clip. My library people kindly instituted a search for them. And then I found them while looking for something else. Now my sister has ‘lost’ a book from the library that I, foolishly, checked out for her. She thought I took it. Which I would not without telling her, I’m taking this back to the library, are you done with it? She’s still looking. I’d better go call her to ask if it’s turned up. If it hasn’t, I’ll suggest a grandchild be asked to assist. The grandchildren are 18, 13, and 10. Sigh. What a world. Hugs, Roz.

    • roz warren December 2, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Always love you responses, Mickey. You’re the best.

  • Cathy Sikorski December 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

    This is why I’ve become a big fan of my on-line library. If I forget to return an ebook, they just take it back!!!