Book Returned 68 years Late!

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A woman has returned a book she borrowed from an Auckland library nearly 68 years after it was due back.

The book, A.W. Reed’s Myths and Legends of Maoriland, was borrowed from Epsom Library in 1948 and was due to be returned on December 17 that year.

Epsom Librarian Zoe Cornelius said the woman came in on Thursday afternoon to return the book and chat with staff.

“She told me she was an Epsom Library member as a child, but they moved away and she accidentally took this book with her.”

The woman told library staff she got Myths and Legends out as a child, and was now a grandmother. She had read the book a number of times over the years she had it.

Cornelius said it wasn’t uncommon to have books returned after several years, but this was the oldest overdue book she’d seen.

The due date slip inside the back cover clearly states the borrower will be fined “at the rate of three-pence for the first week or part thereof, and one-penny per day thereafter”.

According to those terms, the woman would be fined 102.50 pounds for the 24,604 days it was overdue. Converted to todays money it works out at a whopping $7,321.43 fine.

However, Cornelius said the woman would “definitely not” be fined.

Cornelius said it was unlikely the book would return to the library’s collection, but they would look at preserving it.

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no name smelly belly
5 years ago

is this true i returend a book 4 months later but not as bad as this it was payed by my aunty the book was a geronimo stillton book sorry aunty charrlotte

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

im awesome

Spring Kitty
5 years ago

That is a lot of years!

Toxic Chicken
5 years ago

WOW 68 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Wyatt
5 years ago

stealer

YAY PRINCESS CHARLOTTE
YAY PRINCESS CHARLOTTE
5 years ago

omg people

thebest
thebest
5 years ago

what the heck that is old

Ruru
5 years ago

LOL HAHA

Ben
Ben
5 years ago

Wow! At least she wasn’t fined the $7000 of overdue book bills!

lee heppel pukehika
lee heppel pukehika
5 years ago

We still have a book overdue like 3 years

chelsea foot
chelsea foot
5 years ago

wow shes lucky she didnt have to pay that much wow do people even read that old book?

ƬψƬ☢samurai☯?
5 years ago

lol that’s how you know you messed up

wumpire
wumpire
5 years ago

If the library hadn’t been so nice she would owe them a lot of money. Also couldn’t they have mailed it with a note?

Article reader
Article reader
5 years ago

WHAT!? THAT’S A LONG TIME TO RETURN A BOOK!

Taison
5 years ago

What 68 YEARS IF I WAS THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE BOOK I WOULDEN’T Worry about it

dom dom
dom dom
5 years ago

lol

JOHN CENA
JOHN CENA
5 years ago

WOW!!!

flynn
5 years ago

thats a old book if the book was a person he would be like omg im so old

Ruby
Ruby
5 years ago

that is crazy who would do that ?

Blob King
Blob King
5 years ago

That is ridiculous!

Isabella
Isabella
5 years ago

So weird

Singer
Singer
5 years ago

I think it is right not to fine her I mean you can’t blame her for moving away right?

meg
meg
5 years ago

WOW

Andrew Wynn
Andrew Wynn
5 years ago

fine her

Ellie
Ellie
5 years ago

Why didn’t she remember to return the book before she moved away?

Rahaf
Rahaf
27 days ago

That’s so crazy who would return a book 68 years after they borrowed it That was a narrow escape!

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