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Man Returns Overdue Library Book, 50 Years Later

Posted: 4:23 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 18:47:00-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — One library patron decided that it was better late than never when he returned a book to the Lexington Public Library’s Tates Creek Branch 50 years after its due date.

The Tates Creek branch received a package in the mail Tuesday. it included a book titled “The United States In World War I,” by Don Lawson, and a note.

The note said that the book was 50-plus years past due, that it was checked out in 1968, and that the person who kept the book for so many years was sorry. The note was signed “Dale H.” and the return address was from Georgia.

Dale H. will not be facing any late fees, but if he did owe a fee for every day the book was overdue, it would be around $2,700.

Luckily, the library has a $6.75 late fee cap.