Why do some people insist on stealing materials from the public library when they can be checked out for free?
I do not know of any library that doesn't have at least a short list of "lost materials" at year end. Granted there will always be a few items that slip through the cracks or are misplaced at some point during the year, but patrons who intentionally rip off barcodes, covers, and/or magnetic strips have always irked me to no end. Or there are always the books that are destroyed or removed by a patron who, in their infinite wisdom, has decided is not suitable for the collection and therefore no one else should have access to it. Replacing things time after time gets costly.
Just come on down to the circulation desk people - we will be more than happy to lend you the items! Really!