Submitted by birdie on February 4, 2009 - 3:39pm
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum said it will display, as part of a weeklong celebration of Presidents' Day, a 1930 biography of Abraham Lincoln that was apparently borrowed by Kennedy, or a member of his staff, when he was serving in the Senate in the 1950s.
The Library of Congress book, "A. Lincoln" by Ross F. Lockridge, was found in Kennedy's pre-presidential papers. It has been listed as missing in the Library of Congress online catalog, and will be returned to its collection after the display.
"It has just always been assumed to have been one of his books," said library spokesman Tom McNaught, but the library recently learned "it had been checked out since he was a senator and he had just kept it."
Submitted by Blake on November 4, 2008 - 12:07pm
A library book checked out from an Oklahoma school library in 1947 has turned up in Ohio and been returned -- with a $250 check to cover overdue fees.
Librarian Betty Niver says the book "New Word Analysis: Or School Etymology of English Derivative Words" was mailed to Holland Hall School in Tulsa by Martha McCabe Jarrett.
Submitted by Blake on September 29, 2008 - 1:38pm
Graduates with a degree of anger at bill for overdue library books: He said many universities would bar students from attending graduations over debts. “We want all students to be able to enjoy their graduation day, and permit students with debts to attend, but withhold their certificates until their debts are paid. Whilst it may be disappointing for a student, they are able to take a full part in their ceremony alongside their peers, in every other way.”
Submitted by Blake on September 23, 2008 - 7:10am
I love a good dramatic headline! Valley libraries battle delinquent borrowers: Mary Jean Moser, supervisor of Circulation Services at Bucknell’s Bertrand Library, said, “The risk we take — that any library takes — is that if someone borrows a book they may not return it. They might move away to Michigan, and then they’ve got the book.”
Submitted by Blake on August 22, 2008 - 9:52am
A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.
Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg that she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.
(Thanks to Gary for the headsup)
Submitted by Blake on July 3, 2008 - 11:17pm
Private detectives hunt for late library books: Norfolk County Council (That's in England) admitted it had spent £82,358 in the past three years using private detectives.
Much of the money was used to hunt debtors and the council confessed it had used detectives to look online for people who owed them cash but had moved away.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2008 - 1:00pm
Now That's LATE! Finnish library-goer apparently thought 'better late than never' and quietly returned a book on loan for more than 100 years to a library in Vantaa, in southern Finland.
The library had long since lost track of the loan but welcomed back to its collections the bound copy of a 1902 volume of Vartija, an active religious monthly periodical at the time.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on March 6, 2008 - 10:56am
A librarian, a book 113 years overdue, and a patron listed only as "A" takes a librarian on a journey around the world and through 2,000 years of time in a new one man play titled Underneath the Lintel.
More from the Herald Tribune.
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2008 - 7:49am
We're way overdue for an overdue book story! The BBC Saves The Day! An overdue book borrowed from a Cumbrian library more than a quarter of a century ago has been returned.
The book, Mining in the Lake Counties by WT Shaw, was posted back to Penrith Library anonymously during an amnesty.
It was last borrowed in April 1983 and was one of 400 overdue items returned to libraries throughout the county during the 10-day suspension of fines.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on January 2, 2008 - 9:38am
<a href="http://consumerist.com/337685/an-overdue-library-book-could-scuttle-your-dreams-of-home-ownership">An Overdue Library Book Could Scuttle Your Dreams Of Home Ownership</a>:
<blockquote>Libraries are not stores. Sorry to boil it down to such a simple statement, but libraries are unique institutions (as the idiot who keeps going "What's a library?" seems to think is so funny) that provide a community service. Most library systems require you to provde a couple forms of id to get a card.</blockquote>
Submitted by birdie on December 26, 2007 - 9:36am
Sewell Chan's NY Times Blog reports on a program at the Queens Borough Library that for the past eleven years has utilized a collection agency and also sometimes refers extreme cases to a credit bureau.
In a related story, one overdue borrower sued the collection agency and won (on something of a technicality).
Readers are invited to reveal their own overdue book stories here.
Should an overdue library book affect your credit rating?
Submitted by Blake on November 8, 2007 - 11:35am
Chile has returned 3,778 books that its military had taken from Peru's national library - more than 126 years overdue.
Chilean soldiers pillaged the library in 1881 after capturing the Peruvian capital, Lima, during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.
Submitted by Blake on October 24, 2007 - 12:25pm
Now residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., Elizabeth Gifford enclosed a note in the package explaining that she'd recently found the book and realized it was from her high school library.
She wrote to the school librarian that she recalled the late fee on overdue books as 10 cents per day. So, she did the math.
Enclosed in the envelope with the book was a check to the Brooks High School Library for $620 - the accumulated fine since 1990.
"I couldn't believe it," Whitehead said. "She requested that the money, 'please be used for new library acquisitions.' "
Submitted by Blake on September 26, 2007 - 6:19pm
When it comes to overdue books there are apparently no excuses - not even death - at the Harrison Public Library.
That's the lesson a town woman learned when she was charged a 50-cent late fee while turning in a book that had been checked out by her mother, who died before she could return it herself.
"I was in shock,'' Elizabeth Schaper said of the incident at the Bruce Avenue library branch. "This has rocked me to my core."
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2007 - 4:05am
From Arizona Nearly 30 years ago, Brian Cogley checked out a book from the Donaldson Elementary School library and he finally got around to returning it last week.
Cogley, 39, borrowed "The Great Brain," written by John Fitzgerald, from the library as a fourth-grader sometime during the 1977-1978 school year with the intention of holding on to it for good.
"I really liked it," Cogley said by phone from Oakland, Calif. "As a kid, it was kind of twisted and dark and I was amused by it. I wanted to keep it."
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2007 - 12:59am
Bad PR From the UK. Tessa said: "Luckily, my daughter is the kind of girl who shows me things, but what about other children who may be too worried to show their parents? Or children who may just forget the letter and leave it in their schoolbag?"
She added: "I was really angry at the wording of the letter. My daughter obviously has no means of paying the fine, so I assume as parents they would expect us to pay. However, without a notice sent to us directly, regarding our daughter's fine, how can we be expected to pay or be held liable?"
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2007 - 12:38pm
JET writes "Interesting One From CA: " To have a library fine of $1,505 - the amount Amy N. Smith owes the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library - requires an uncommon appetite for books or videos, and also a forgetful, crooked or oblivious state of mind.
Smith, of Hayward, said she was "screwed up" - bipolar and without medication - when she borrowed "a ton" of DVDs from the library last year. Now healthy, she said she does not "seem to have them" but will pay her bill.
Her $1,505 debt, having grown at $2 per DVD per day, is more than anyone else owes the library, according to a record the library provided in response to a California Public Records Act request. The database that includes Smith's fine and others changes when someone pays or builds debt. But the day it was produced last month, 32,185 different people owed a total of $626,196.
Submitted by Blake on March 2, 2007 - 3:25am
A News Story from Oklahoma says next week is "National Return Borrowed Book Week".
"Certain books just tend to disappear, like computer books and books on witchcraft."
Tahlequah librarian Lyn Arter agreed some books do seem to be more tempting to book thieves. "The Bible was stolen five times during my first five years here," said Arter. "I guess they'd never read the 'Thou shalt not.'"
Submitted by rochelle on September 22, 2006 - 2:59pm
Anonymous Patron writes "Stolen book returned after 150 years: An 18th-century legal tome has been returned to the North Carolina state Supreme Court 150 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier after the Civil War. "Report of Divers Cases in Pleas of the Crown Adjudged and Determined; in the Reign of King Charles II" is inscribed by Quentin Busbee, who served as the Supreme Court reporter in 1853, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. The book was published in 1708. The work was donated anonymously to the library of Indiana University. The only clue to its travels from North Carolina to Indiana is an unsigned inscription — "Obtained in July 1865 at Raleigh, North Carolina.""
Submitted by Blake on September 14, 2006 - 7:53pm
WCAX - Burlington,VT Reports on that guy who returned his book 60 years late. An upstate New York man has returned a children's book he checked out of a New England library 60 years ago and paid 440 dollars and 16 cents in late charges.
That's 430 dollars and 16 cents more than William Vassily had to pay, since the public library in Portland, Maine caps the fines for late children's books at ten dollars per item.
But the 69-year-old suburban Syracuse man says he paid the extra money in the hope that publicity from his act will motivate people to use libraries, which he calls "a door to the rest of the world."