Book taken from a library is returned 76 years later; racked up more than $4,300 in fines

The work left the bookstore on July 17, 1946.

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A library received a book 76 years after it was requestedadding fines of more than $3,600, although the bookstore mentioned that it has given up the money.

Charlie Study met the book ‘This Way To The Tomb’a work by Ronald Duncan, when he was tidying up a bookcase in his house and discovered that it was to be returned on July 17, 1946.

It is believed that the book was borrowed by his late mother Eileen Hoylewho said she was an “avid reader” when she returned home to Haworth, West Yorkshire, England, from university.

It had been on the library shelves for less than a month and had only been checked out once before Eileen pulled it out.

Charlie said that forgetting to return it is “out of character” for his mother.

When he contacted the library to take care of the late return, the staff realized that if he was charged the current rate of 15 pence a day, it would cost him an astonishing £3,552.45, the equivalent of $4,351.50. .

Nevertheless, the Kingsley Library and Local Studies in Bradford have waived fines.

Charlie, from Goole, East Yorkshire told Zenger News: “It just happened by chance.” “I was sorting through some shelving earlier this week when I found it.”

“I didn’t recognize it and I think it came from my mother’s house after we cleaned it out when she passed away nine years ago.”

“It is likely that he borrowed it from the library when he came home from university for the holidays and forgot to retrieve it,” he added.

“To my knowledge, she wasn’t in a college drama group, but she was a very wide and enthusiastic reader, so it’s no wonder she had a copy. My mother loved her books all her life. She was an avid reader to the end.”

Eileen studied at the University of London before transferring to Cambridge University during World War II..

Later in her life, she was a regional manager for the Citizens Advice Bureau and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the organization.

Councilor Sarah Ferriby of Bradford Council said: “This is such a beautiful story and it’s great to see the book being brought back. It is now on display in our Keighley Library.”

“We have operated several ‘fine amnesties’ during the pandemic to encourage readers to retrieve their overdue books, however 76 years is a record for our libraries.”

“Obviously, we won’t be charging Mr. Studdy for his mother’s overdue book, and readers can rest assured that we’ll never charge him more than the book is worth, no matter how late it is!”

“Our Library Service is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so it’s remarkable that this book has been on loan for more than half that time.”

The book is already on display in the library.

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