Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Library book returned 55 years late

A book has been returned to a New York library 55 years after it was borrowed

A long overdue book has finally been returned to the New York Public Library - 55 years late.

The Daily News says the biography of a 16th-century priest called Fire of Francis Xavier was checked out of the Fort Washington branch in upper Manhattan on April 10, 1958.

Library manager Jennifer Zarr tells the newspaper the book arrived at the library on Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope with a cheque for 100 US dollars (£64) to cover the dues inside.

She says library records do not go back to 1958 and there is no way to trace who borrowed the book. She would not reveal the name on the cheque.

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