(UPI) One of the most appealing aspects of using a public library is being able to borrow books for free -- provided they are returned by the stipulated due date.
Recently, some libraries have detailed the cases of patrons who failed to meet the deadline, and the books that were returned decades overdue.
1. 45 years: Midget Motoring and Carting
The Sunnyvale Public Library in California said Robert Somaduroff checked out a book called Midget Motoring and Carting in 1974, and he ended up returning the tome in person -- 45 years later.
Somaduroff told librarians he had intended to learn how to build his own vehicle from the book before he was old enough to get a driver's license, but he never got around to pursing the hobby. He voluntarily paid the library's maximum overdue fine, $10.
2. 49 years: Great Moments in Chess
The Greater Sudbury Public Library in Ontario said a copy of Great Moments in Chess was returned in the drop box in May with an apologetic note from a man named "Larry" scrawled on the sign-out card, which had last been stamped in 1970.
The library patron, Larry Corrigan, later told librarians the book had accidentally ended up coming with him when his family moved to Nova Scotia. He said he wanted to make sure the book was returned because his late father, Cecil Corrigan, was a big fan of public libraries.
Copper Cliff Library got a nice surprise in the book return - a chess book due 49 years ago!! Thanks Larry :) His note: "Librarian: sorry - I'm an outrageously slow reader...but here's the book back" pic.twitter.com/lqAwVzW2xD— GSPL (@GSPLibrary) April 26, 2019
3. 51 years: Life of Charles Dickens