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Library Book Returned After 45 Years

Posted 3/22/2010 8:00 am by

kneale-dvds.JPGSomeone must have really loved Nigel Kneale’s book Quatermass and the Pit.  After all, they had it checked out from the Dinnington Library in Sheffield, England, for over 45 years.  While borrower records don’t go back that far, the date on the book’s stamp out is from September 24, 1965.  Even more impressive is that the book is a 45-year-old paperback first edition!  Those tend not to last very long when compared to hardback books, yet here it is.

Now, the staff want whoever borrowed the book to come forward.  Unlike some libraries, late fees at Dinnington are capped at $9 in US bucks, so there’s no giant late fee involved.   “The person who posted it back to us would not be in any ‘trouble’ whatsoever,” said Alison Lawrie, Principal Library Assistant at the South Yorkshire library.  “If the person who returned the book wants to come forward, we’d love to know the story behind it.”

Come to think of it, so would I!  I mean, I’ve accumulated hundreds of dollars in library late fees over the years, but I’ve never lost anything for longer than a few weeks.  To lose a book for 45 years is quite an achievement!

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