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Subject: Library Book Sticker Question
Date Posted: 4/25/2010 4:52 PM ET
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I received a WL book recently here on PBS that was a library book. There is holder and card pasted in the front, but no writing on the card. On the back of the book is a sticker over the library code which reads:

"This book may contain library ownership stamps and/or lables. It was returned through a book leasing program and made available for resale."

I would like to repost the book as it's in excellent condition and printed in 2009. I'm just not sure what that sticker means and if someone would give me problems if I reposted it.

Anyone run across this before? Maybe I'm fretting for nothing.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 4:56 PM ET
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It's just that library's way of marking a book as withdrawn and sold.  Better than my library that put big honkin' W's all over the books in black marker.  The book is perfectly postable with the library info on it and you don't have to pm anyone about it before sending. Just decline if someone has an RC asking for no ex-library books.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 11:12 PM ET
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The book has been withdrawn or discarded, and is no longer the property of the library.  If otherwise postable, the book can be swapped at PBS (watch for RC's tho).

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 8:17 AM ET
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Thanks. I figured it was okay. Just never saw that type of label before.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 12:46 PM ET
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Unfortunately Mary, there doesn't seem to be any one 'universal' method of doing this.  Which can be confusing for readers, most of us wouldn't want to accept a book we thought might be stolen.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 2:04 PM ET
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Yeah, each library seems to have a different way of marking withdrawn books.  My library sale was this weekend and they usually just mark out the barcode in sharpie to show it's been withdrawn. There was one book that didn't have a marking on the barcode though, and it turns out it was place there by mistake!  It hadn't been withdrawn from the collection at all and somehow got mixed in with the other books. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 2:19 PM ET
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There was one book that didn't have a marking on the barcode though, and it turns out it was place there by mistake!  It hadn't been withdrawn from the collection at all and somehow got mixed in with the other books. 

I'm shocked that they checked it. I have a few libraries around here that I visit and they all do it differently, including a few that don't mark them at all ... the books are just available in the FOL store. I have never had anybody who worked at a sale or a store check an un-withdrawn library book.