ILAB Stolen Books Database
“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.”
Paul Feain (ILAB Security Chair)
The League and its national associations has a long history of preventing book theft and of catching book thieves, both at national and international level. This also applies to stolen maps as well as documents, manuscripts and other related material. We work closely with booksellers, libraries, museums, the police, national governments and other interested bodies. Our intention is that thieves will have nowhere to dispose of their ill gotten goods.
The ILAB Stolen Books Database is for books reported stolen after 15th June 2010. On www.stolen-book.org you can check if a book that you have been offered has been reported as stolen. You can also report items that have been stolen. With authorised login you can see additional layers of details. 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.