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US library receives overdue book after 75 years

US library receives overdue book after 75 years

After 75 long years and a journey across multiple states, a long overdue library book has finally found its way home

The Scotland County Memorial Library in North Carolina, USA received a package containing a curiously old looking book and a letter. The letter revealed that the enclosed book was found when the sender cleaned out their recently deceased mother's apartment. Having noticed it was long overdue, the sender figured the polite thing to do was to return it. 

The book - King's Row by Henry Bellamann - was taken out sometime in 1943, placing the book around 75 years overdue. The resulting fee numbers just under $1,400 USD - just over $2,000 AUD at time of writing - yet thankfully that fine is being waived. 

Naturally, Scotland County Memorial Library is quite befuddled by the whole thing. 

“I’ve been here 11 years and this is the first time we’ve had anything like this,” commented Library Director Leon Gyles. “It just showed up in the mail one day. I was like, what am I going to do with this thing?" 

The book is in good condition despite its age, with slightly loose binding and the lack of a dust cover. "The book is not in the collection anymore," said Gyles. "The book is not in the collection because it's been lost for so long." It's unsure at this stage if the book will re-enter the libary collection. 

I guess the moral of the story is that it's never to late to return your overdue books! Just make sure to wait long enough that you won't get fined.