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48-year overdue book finally returned to Canadian library

Published: Aug 2022

A library in Canada said a recently returned book turned out to be nearly 50 years overdue.

Library books stacked

In a recent social media post the Winnipeg Public Library said the book, Baseball by Daniel E. Jessee, was returned to their St James-Assiniboia branch via the drop box.

The card inside the book showed it was originally due back on 18th June 1974 – 48 years before it was eventually returned.

Stephanie George, Head Librarian at the branch, said it was not the library’s first encounter with long-overdue items.

“I’ve been at the branch for three years, and it has happened three times,” George told CTV News. “While I’ve been here, we had a very late magazine returned during the height of Covid. And before that, it was another book called Sarah Binks.”

The Winnipeg Public Library no longer charges late fees, which is very fortunate in the case of 48-year overdue book!

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