Scotland: Book returned to Fife Library 73 years late!

Rupert Hughes’s Stately Timber, an adventure novel set in Boston, should have been returned to the Dunfermline Central Library in Scotland on November 6, 1948. However, staff at the current Dunfermline Library and Gallery a parcel containing the book last week. The lender’s daughter had found it and sent it back.

The book was discovered in the Black Isle more than seven decades late. Donna Dewar, director of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Gallery, said: “I burst out laughing when I opened the package, I could not believe it.”

“Recently, we had a book that came back to our Rosyth branch after 14 years, which we thought was pretty amazing, but it went far beyond anything we’ve heard.” He added: “For fun we calculated how much the fine could be and the amount is 8 2,847. It came with a wonderful letter from the borrower’s daughter who was able to give us some details. “

Fife libraries had frozen the delay penalty throughout the pandemic to encourage members to return the books. In the letter, the borrower’s daughter explained that her late father had lived in Thifenton, Fife in 1948.

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He said he would never know if he just forgot to return the book or if he had chosen to keep it. He also wrote: “I find it fascinating to see the dates when this book came out, in the last years of World War II, and that the war ended between stamps marked by librarians. “Life goes on around significant historical events.”

The inside pages of the book show the stamps with the dates – and the note that the book “can only be kept for 14 days”. Christine McLean, Head of OnFife for Cultural Heritage and Prosperity: “We are excited to receive it; and we look forward to finding a special place to exhibit the book, and its travel history, in our local studies department.” The Guinness World Record for the most backward library book is held by a book returned to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. It was borrowed in 1668 and finally returned 288 years later.

Source:

www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-59320230

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