Book Returned to New York Library - 55 Years Overdue
We’ve all done it — returned books late to the library, that is — but I’ll bet you never waited 55 years to take one back. I don’t even want to think about the fine…
Staff at the Fort Washington Branch of the New York Public library were surprised earlier this week when they opened their mail and found Fire of Francis Xavier by Arthur McGratty and a check for $100 tucked inside to cover the fine. But the biggest shock was when they realised the book had last been checked out in April of 1958.
'This book was returned to us today,' the branch's Facebook page posted Monday afternoon. 'Not sure what the late charge should be.'
Disappointingly, as much as all of us who return our books on time (or nearly) would like the fine to be substantial for a book that late, according to a NYPL spokesperson, “the fine is usually the cost of a replacement book”.
Even more annoyingly, library records don’t go back that far, so it’s impossible to say who borrowed it in 1958. And library staff aren’t saying whose name is on the check.
I love the fact that whoever it is was so ashamed they’d had the book for 55 years they posted it back! What about you — how long overdue is your library book?
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