Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials

  • Terri L. Pedersen
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


According to research, the problem of periodical and book theft and mutilation is laying waste to vital and expensive library collections throughout the country. Too often the damage is done quietly and is not discovered until long after the act has taken place. Damage ranges from a few pages to entire books and journals. Information is scarce on why theft and mutilation occur and on how much they cost libraries. From 1972 to 1987, less than fifteen articles and papers have been written on the subject. Very few studies have been undertaken.


Costly Damage Research Library Replacement Cost Library Material Entire Book 
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  1. 1.
    Ron Martin, “Microforms and Periodical Mutilation,” Microform Review 2:6–8 (Jan. 1973).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Mary Noel Gouke and Marjorie Murfin, “Periodical Mutilation: The Insidious Disease,” Library Journal 105:1795–97 (Sept. 15, 1980).Google Scholar
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    Clyde Hendrick and Marjorie Murfin, “Project Library Ripoff: A Study of Periodical Mutilation in a University Library,” College & Research Libraries 35:402–4 (Nov. 1974).Google Scholar
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    Dana Weiss, “Book Theft and Mutilation in a Large Urban University Library,” College & Research Libraries 42:341–47 (July 1981).Google Scholar
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    “University of Nebraska Reports Sharp Rise in Mutilation,” Library Journal 107:2212 (Dec. 1, 1982).Google Scholar
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    Weiss, “Book Theft and Mutilation,” p. 345.Google Scholar
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