Overdue Book

Getting serious about library fines in NC

Marlene writes " Here’s a fund raiser idea, get those slacker patrons to pay up or suffer a mark on their credit report. Durham County Library hopes to get back some of the $400,000 owed to the system and has gone the same way as 520 other library systems in US and Canada (including neighboring Chapel Hill library, as well as Mecklenburg, Guilford and Rockingham counties ) that use Unique Management Services. The collection service only takes library systems as clients and strives to be “gentle� with patrons as they repeatedly persuade them to pay those overdue and lost item fines. If that tactic doesn’t work, the service reports the patron’s account to Trans Union, Equifax and Experian. If a patron is under 18, the mark goes on the parent’s credit record."


Bookworm teacher sets overdue fine record: $345

News From PJStar.com where Emily Cannellos-Simms will have a hard time living down her overdue library book.
Cannellos-Simms recently discovered a book tardy by 48 years - and the fine she paid beats the record cited in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Years overdue: 48
  • Fines: $345
  • World Record Fine: $292

Thanks to Steven M. Cohen for being so helpful and sharing this, though he could've posted it himself. :-)


76 years overdue: call it a record book

No one knows why Mildred Pugmire didn't return the books she borrowed 76 years ago from the Salt Lake City Public Library:

  • Years overdue: 76
  • Possible Fines: $5,000
  • Claimed world record: returned to Harvard University's library in 1997 -- 233 years overdue.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this one.


Yes, Another Long Overdue Book

Just because we'll probably have a near-complete of overdue book stories here....
The facts:

  • Years overdue:47
  • Date taken from library: April 19, 1955
  • Title: "Days and Deeds," a compilation of poetry by Burton and Elizabeth B. Stevenson.

The article mentions that..."The largest library book fines paid, according to the current Guinness files, is $292.20, paid to the Prairie Creek Library, in Dwight, Ill., in 1999 by Art Org who discovered a book which was 40 years overdue." [from the kewanee star courier]



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