Check this out: Someone has just returned a book to a library in Idaho more than a century after its original due date.
The book was last edited November 8, 1911, “so it was obvious, it was quite late,” library assistant Anne Marie Martin of the Boise Public Library told Idaho 6 News.
The book, “The New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Wiggin, was published in 1907. Someone recently returned it to a library in nearby Garden City, where an employee saw that it had a sticker indicating that it belonged to Boise Public. Library.
The one who hung on to the book seems to have taken good care of it.
“It is in very good condition” Martin told KTVB 7. “I think the condition would be very good to excellent.”
Delayed fee policy, from the time the book was checked out, is printed inside: “Books can be stored for two weeks without renewal, unless otherwise noted; a fine of two øre a day is imposed on overdue books.”
That policy would mean that whoever checked it out would owe more than $ 800 – but that fee would not actually be charged, Martin said, as the library does not charge more in late fees than the price of the book. In this case, the book cost $ 1.50.
On top of that, the library made up for fines for late books in total in 2019. Instead, it is does not let people check new items when something is due, and is only charged if an item is lost or damaged. Many library systems has settled fines in recent years and some research has suggested that the abolition of delay fees increases the number of library users without also leading to an increase in late book submissions.