Friday Find: Rare Book Returned to Library 78 Years Late

From ABC News:

A Chicago Public Library amnesty program that allowed members to return overdue items without having to pay any late fees brought in more than 100,000 books, DVDs and other materials – including a rare, limited edition novel that was turned in 78 years late.

The rare edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray had been checked out in 1934. According to Reuters news agency, Harlean Hoffman Vision found the book in her late mother’s possessions and wanted to bring it back, but she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t go to jail for having had it so long.

“She kept saying, ‘You’re not going to arrest me?’ and we said, ‘No, we’re so happy you brought it back!’” Ruth Lednicer, the library’s marketing director, said.

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Do you know if you have any overdue books checked out from Brown Library? If you’d like to check to see if you have any overdue items, you can log into your account in BernieCat.

Luckily, Brown Library won’t charge you fines for late-returned materials… But, who knows, that book lying under your bed may just be a rare item someday! If you do have materials that you need to return, please bring them to the Library Circulation desk.

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