After 53 years, an overdue book was returned to a Scottish library.

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Workers at a Scottish library were surprised to open a package that had recently arrived in the mail and discover an overdue book that had been checked out 53 years before.

Linda Flynn, team supervisor at the Paisley Central Library in Renfrewshire, said she opened up the padded envelope that arrived at the facility and discovered a copy of Mrs. Balbir Singh’s Indian Cookery, an anonymous note and about $28 cash.

The anonymous note read: “Please accept my apologies for the late return of this book. Enclosed is a token payment in recognition of this oversight. Thank you.”

According to Flynn, library staff believe the book was last checked out in 1968, but their records do not go back that far, so the identity of the person who checked it out remains unknown.

“It’s rare to have a book returned after being overdue for so many years. I suspect the book had been lying in a cupboard or a drawer for some time and was only recently discovered,” Flynn told Renfrewshire24.

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Flynn said the cash in the package will be donated to charity, as the library is currently not charging overdue fines.

“We’ll make sure the money goes to a good cause,” she said.


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