How much did he pay? Man returns book to library in Holland 49 years late

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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A book has been returned to a library in western Michigan — 49 years later.

The borrower told the library that he was a college student in 1967 when he checked out a book about World War II from the Herrick library in Holland. He wrote in a letter that the book was stored in a trunk that hadn’t been opened until recently. He also provided a donation with his letter.

Library director Diane Kooiker declined to identify the title of the book or the man’s name, citing privacy. She said he sent $100.

In his letter, the man described it as a “modest donation” on what could be a “tremendous fine.”

Kooiker tells The Grand Rapids Press that honest people sometimes can misplace a book.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

 

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  • Andrew

    For those of you still unclear on how library fines work, the fines stop accumulating at the replacement value of the book. Meaning if the book as a $25 book, the fine wouldn’t exceed $25 no matter how long it was overdue.

    That said, a book that can be replaced for $25 on Amazon might cost $200 in a college bookstore, so the valuation of books can be fuzzy sometimes.