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June 10, 2023

A man returns a book from his grandfather’s collection to a UK library, 84 years late

If you liked read in childhood, then you must have been a member of a library. Usually, when we borrow a lot of books, we miss the deadline to return them. Sometimes people don’t return books for several months or even a year, but this library in the city of Coventry in the UK received a book more than 84 years after it was overdue.

The Earlsdon Carnegie Library took to Instagram to share how they had returned a copy of Richard Jefferies’ book Red Deer just 84 years and two weeks late. Paddy Riordan returned the book from his grandfather’s collection and kindly donated the fine totaling £18.27 (approximately 1,737 rupees). The fine was calculated at the then rate of 1 day per week.

The library even shared a photo of the man’s grandfather, Captain William Harrison, along with a note written by his grandson. “Settlement of the fine from my grandfather’s library. Should have been fired 4/10/1938,” he wrote.

Captain William Harrison is pictured with his daughter who was a child at the time. Harrison died in 1957 while his daughter died recently. The book was 30,695 days overdue, the library card says.

See the post below:

“A moment of history. How wonderful,” one Instagram user commented. “This is good news. You must treasure this book in the library,” another said.

The book Red Deer was originally published in 1883. Richard Jefferies was an English writer known for his depiction of English rural life in natural history books and novels.

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