According to a library in England, a book was recently returned in the mail after 63 years with the note, “better late than never.”
Newcastle Libraries shared a photo on Facebook showing the copy of Darrell Huff’s How to Lie with Statistics that arrived in the mail after being checked out from the Central Library 63 years earlier.
Library officials said the book was accompanied with an anonymous note reading: “Better late than never! Apologies for the late return!”
Library Manager David Hepworth said the person who returned the overdue book did not identify themselves.
“They may have been worried about us sending them a bill,” he told the BBC.
If fees were not capped at around $20, the book would have accrued $4,722.52 in fines at the current rate.
Hepworth stated that the individual would have had to avoid other collection efforts for the next decade after it was checked out.
“In those days, even up to the 70s, there was a library officer who would visit people’s houses to get books back,” Hepworth said. “Clearly we don’t do that anymore.”
Hepworth said the library is hoping the person who returned the book will come forward and identify themselves. He said officials do not want to collect any fines, but they want to reward the person with some free books from in-house publishing company Tyne Bridge.