Places to Look for Lost Library Books


First things first, try to remember what the book/s looked like:


How big was it? What color? Was it thick or thin?

What do you remember about the cover?

Is it hardcover or paperback?


If you're not sure, ask the librarian, maybe s/he can remember.  Also, keep in mind, all library books have spine labels, barcode labels and library labels so that they stand out.


So, where was the last place you remember having the book?


Here’s a list of actual places where kids from all over the US have found their missing books.  Even if you don’t find yours in of these suggested locations, it might help you think of other areas to search.



Around the House

  1. In the car (also check under the seats)
  2. Under the baby’s car seat
  3. In the trunk of the car
  4. Under the spare tire
  5. In the other car
  6. In the garage
  7. Behind or under the washing machine
  8. Behind or under the dryer
  9. In the stroller bag
  10. In the recycling bin
  11. In your folder or binder
  12. In your backpack
  13. In your other backpack.
  14. In your sibling's backpack
  15. On top of the piano.
  16. In the piano bench
  17. Ask the housekeeper if s/he’s seen it
  18. In the reclining chair

          (between the arm and the seat cushion)

  1. Under or in back of the sofa

                  (also check under cushions)

  1. Under or on top of the kitchen or dining room table
  2. Behind the refrigerator

          (because it fell off of the top)

  1. In the freezer
  2. On top of/behind/under the oven
  3. On top of, behind, or under the dishwasher
  4. On your bedroom bookshelf
  5. On one of the other bookshelves

(Check all the books turned around backwards and behind other books on the bookshelf)

  1. On/in your desk at home.
  2. On/in your brother/sister’s desk
  3. Under your bed.
  4. Under your brother/sister’s bed
  5. Between the sheets at the foot of your bed
  6. Between your bed and the wall
  7. Between the mattress and box springs
  8. In the trundle bed
  9. In the crib
  10. On top or behind the dresser
  11. In the dresser drawers
  12. In the closet (check all closets)
  13. Under the dirty clothes
  14. Inside the your couch that folds out into a bed
  15. In the toy box
  16. In the bathroom
  17. On the back porch
  18. In the dog house
  19. In the tree house
  20. In the back yard
  21. By the pool
  22. In the basement
  23. In the guest house
  24. In the play house
  25. Packed with the holiday decorations.
  26. Under the TV set stand
  27. On top of the VCR/DVD player or
  28. On top of the stereo
  29. In the magazine rack
  30. On the coffee table
  31. Under the rug
  32. At the lake house
  33. On the boat
  34. Ask your parents if they’ve seen it
  35. Ask your brother/ sister if they’ve

       seen it

  1. Ask other relatives if they’ve seen it


Around Town

  1. At the doctor's or dentist's office
  2. At the local public library
  3. At the church/temple/mosque library
  4. At the babysitter's house
  5. At a relative’s house
  6. At your daycare/after-school care facility
  7. At your friend's house
  8. At your other parent’s house
  9. At Mom or Dad’s work place
  10. At another relative’s work place
  11. Wherever you went on errands recently

           (bank, grocery store, etc.)

  1. On the boat, airplane, train
  2. At the restaurant
  3. At the hotel


At School

  1. In the vehicle of whoever you ride to school with
  2. Wherever you hangout after school
  3. On the classroom or teacher’s bookshelf
  4. In my neighbor’s or friend’s desk

              (ask their permission before looking)

  1. Way back on the top shelf of my school locker
  2. In the cafeteria, gym, band room, etc.
  3. At the school office
  4. At the school office or library where your brother/sister attends school.
  5. Ask your teachers if they’ve seen it
  6. In any of the "Lost and Found" areas around school
  7. Ask your friends if they've seen it
  8. On the library shelf

       (It might’ve been shelved without being                   checked in)


Last but not least, think about the last time your parents told you to clean your room.  Now, think about the various places you shoved piles of things, so that they would think you’d actually cleaned it.  ;-)  Make sure you check all of those places, too.


P.S.  If you find your book in a place not listed here somewhere let us know and we’ll add it. J