Libraries are susceptible to theft. Some people may be tempted to hide a book in their backpack or briefcase and walk out the door. Thankfully, there are smart practices that libraries can adopt to discourage this practice.
Reduce the Risk of Library Theft
Preventing library theft is of utmost importance to your library and your community. The most important first step is to acquire library insurance. This insurance helps you recoup the losses involved in the theft. It not only protects the books and other materials, but it helps to maintain the good reputation you have established for the library as well. Mobile equipment, as well as employee wage coverage and donation coverage, can be included in the library insurance plan.
Beyond insurance coverage, it’s critical to establish an inventory control system. It’s very difficult to determine if and when a theft has occurred without knowing how many books are available in the library. All library materials should be clearly identified with proof of library ownership so that there is no room for error or confusion. The inventory should be conducted at assigned intervals. Depending on the size of the library, this could be done in one sitting or it could be conducted using a rotating schedule.
Keep your community library safe from theft by implementing sound practices.