78 Year Old Judge Returns a Library Book 48 Years Overdue

78 Year Old Judge Returns a Library Book 48 Years Overdue

78 Year Old Judge Returns a Library Book 48 Years Overdue.

June 20th – A library in Britain received an unusual package recently from Canada. Inside was a book which had been due back more than 48 years earlier.

Library Book Returned 48 Years Overdue
If not for the fee cap, this would’ve been one expensive library book.

Wandsworth Libraries said the Tooting Library in London recently received a package mailed from Canada that contained a copy of A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan.

“Here at Wandsworth library service we were surprised and delighted this week to have a book returned to us in the post all the way from Canada.

We were then even more surprised to find the book had been borrowed in 1974, and was overdue by approximately 48 years and 107 days.”

The library said in a statement to the Wandsworth Times.

The library posted photos of the book on Twitter in the hopes of identifying the borrower. The former patron came forward and identified himself as Tony Spence, 72, a retired judge living in British Columbia.

Library officials said the book would have accumulated about $7,618.10 in late fees if fines weren’t capped at $10.50. Officials said they decided to waive the fee.

“We’re pleased to have the book back in a condition good enough to return to the shelves, if we wanted, and under the circumstances we’re waiving the fines,”

“We thank Mr. Spence for returning it and hope he enjoyed it.”

78 Year Old Judge Returns a Library Book 48 Years Overdue.

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