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Thefts from libraries is a persistent problem
When I went to work for the Library of Congress in 1977, the stacks were completely open. Members of the staff and the public roamed at will. Thousands of books and other items were lost. I remember being told that when someone on the staff went to look for a copy of Audubon's Birds of America, he discovered that most of the plates were missing. They had been cut out and, presumably, sold separately.
July 14, 2011