The famous British Library mislays 9,000 books
The world famous British Library, which holds some of the most famous books in the world, many of them first editions and originals that are irreplaceable, now claim that they have lost over 9,000 books, including an edition of Mein Kampf that was produced in 1939 on Hitler's 50th birthday.
The library has says that the books are not stolen, but rather misplaced, despite the fact that there are no records of some of them for over 50 years now. Some of the books are valued at over twenty thousand pounds. One of the books missing is a first edition of Oscar Wilde's novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', which has not been seen since 1961.
The library records all of these items as "mislaid" rather than gone for ever, still less stolen. Despite well-publicised recent cases - such as that of Edward Forbes Smiley III, convicted in the US three years ago of stealing more than 100 maps from institutions including the British Library, and Farhad Hakimzadeh, an Iranian collector jailed in January for cutting maps, illustrations and pages from priceless volumes in the British Library and other collections - the library is convinced that almost all the missing texts are still somewhere within its walls.
Books are only noticed as missing when a reader requests them and they cannot be found.
The building however is secure and they do have a security system.