What to do if a book is damaged or lost.

Routine Name



Replacement Book

Our students have the option of paying for a lost or damaged book, or buying a replacement copy for the library. Since payments for lost books (in my district) go to the general fund and not back to my library, I would prefer replacement books. We don't ask for the families to replace the same title book but to buy a new book from the list we make available (see file at right), which gives the titles and series of several popular books in our library. This note goes home as needed, and in the last month of school, with any child who has possibly-lost books.

If a book is damaged...

NEVER try to repair library books. We have special book glue and book tape in the library.
If you return the damaged book in the library book box:
  • Place a sticky note on the cover of the book explaining the damage and/or write “Please talk to me about this book”.
If you return the damaged book in the library:
  • Wait until checkout time and approach Ms. K by saying, “Excuse me Ms. K. I need to talk to you about my book.”
(Keisa Williams)
No, Never, Yes, Always Lesson
  • White Lab Coat with a "Book Doctor" name tag
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Book Tape
  • (other resources listed in the No, Never Lesson)

Damaged Book Parent Note

This is the note I send to parents when a student's book is damaged. I'm linking to a MS Word file, in hopes that the script that I have in there to automatically change the date when you open the document will stay intact. You'll need to change the info that's red in the document to reflect your information. I am also linking an RTF version of this file, but I'm not sure the script will still work. (Jamie Camp)

Book Hospital

See the Book Hospital idea in the Book Care section of this wiki.

Moved to another school/district

I have secretaries place the note >>
in the students' file so new school librarian can assist if possible.
(Marcia Dressel)
Note to New School

Places to look for missing book...

When a child starts to worry, doesn't know where to look - I like to send home this light-hearted helper.>>
Places to Look for Lost Library Books