American Univesity of Beirut

 Lost and Found

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Library users are expected to keep all their belongings, especially valuable items, within their sight at all times. The University Libraries are not responsible for lost personal items. The following guidelines clarify the handling, return, reporting, tracking, claiming and retrieval of lost items, as well as procedures for turning in found items and for disposing of unclaimed ones. 

The University Libraries’ Lost & Found is located at and managed by the Reference Department in Jafet Library. To place a query or report a found item, please contact the Library staff in person at the Reference Desk, or by phone at extension 2620, or by e-mail at

Found or Turned in Items 

  • Any item found at any of the campus Libraries should be turned in at the Reference Desk at Jafet Library.
  • Reference staff will log all items found or turned in to the University Libraries’ Lost & Found and store them in a locked cabinet.
  • If not claimed within the same day they were found or turned in to the University Libraries’ Lost & Found, valuable items, such as jewelry, wallets, watches, purses, keys, backpacks, and electronic devices, will be turned over to the University’s Office of Protection before 5:00pm of that day.
  • If a valuable item was found or turned in to the University Libraries’ Lost & Found after 5:00pm and was not claimed by the correct owners, it will be turned over to the University’s Office of Protection the following morning.
  • Non-valuable items, such as books, notebooks, writing instruments, documents, and anything else the Reference staff judges as non-valuable or unlikely to be claimed, will be kept at the Reference Department until the end of the current semester. If lost items have not been claimed by the end of the semester, they will be discarded. Unclaimed books will be added to the University Libraries’ collections, donated to local libraries, or discarded as deemed appropriate.
  • If an item has any identifying information (e.g., student IDs, books or notebooks with names written on them, wallets, purses, etc.), a Reference staff member will attempt to contact the owner via phone or e-mail. 

​Reporting and Claiming Lost Items

  • Library users who wish to report lost or stolen items must do so at the Reference Desk in Jafet Library; they must provide their names, phone number, and/or e-mail address and a specific description of what was lost. This information will be entered into the University Libraries’ Lost & Found logbook.
  • An immediate comparison will be made between what was reported lost and what was found or turned in to the Reference Desk. If items in the logbook match the materials found or turned in, the item in question will be immediately returned to its owner.
  • If reported lost or stolen items are not among the items found or turned in to the Reference Desk, the person reporting the missing or lost items must inform the University’s Office of Protection.
  • In order to claim a lost item, the owner must describe the item as closely or accurately as possible and will need to present an ID if the item has a name on it. After ownership is established, the owner signs out for the item in question.

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