Submitted by rochelle on September 11, 2006 - 8:25pm
Anonymous Patron writes "Book checked out for 60 years comes back to library: Thousands of days ago, 9-year-old William Vassily went to the Portland Public Library and took out a book about the adventures of a baby whale.
You can probably guess how this one ends..."
Update: 09/12 17:39 GMT by B :Yes, the book was returned, but the borrower also paid every cent of the late fee (no compounding or adjustment for inflation however)...
Submitted by birdie on September 6, 2006 - 3:46pm
Anonymous Patron writes "United Press International: A library book has been returned more than 40 years after it was checked out from a library in central London. The book, "Nostromo" by Joseph Conrad, was mailed to Westminster Council's Paddington Library by someone in Kent...the library had been closed for over twenty years."
Submitted by Blake on July 23, 2006 - 2:41am
Anonymous Patron writes "Evening News 24 In The UK Some books are too good to put down or get back to the library on time, it seems. Libraries say the best-sellers are the ones most often overdue. Bookworms in Norfolk are getting so engrossed in library copies of JK Rowling and Jacqueline Wilson books, they are forgetting to return them on time. JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the book that was most frequently overdue in the county's libraries between July 2005 and July 2006. Readers kept 21 copies of the boy wizard tale beyond their due date."
Submitted by Blake on June 6, 2006 - 6:36am
The Daily Yomiuri - Osaka,Japan - reports Libraries in Kanagawa Prefecture are trying to deal with the problem of having large numbers of their books and other materials stolen, defaced or deliberately damaged by inconsiderate readers.
In Yokohama, 24,147 books were stolen from 18 municipal libraries in fiscal 2005, accounting for nearly 1 percent of the 3.59 million books owned by the libraries.
According to the Yokohama municipal government, the damage in terms of the books' purchase prices amounted to 28.71 million yen. A similar number of books have gone missing annually over the past several years, city officials said.
Submitted by Samantha on May 25, 2006 - 9:59pm
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2006 - 6:00am
From The AP: Librarian Barbara McCutcheon is so fed up with overdue books, she wants the violators arrested.
Believe it or not, the police chief agreed.
"If Barbara has books out that are not returned, then we will make reports and begin to seek arrest warrants. We will start arresting people for prosecution after the 15th," said Mike Bankston, chief of the Police Department in Bonham, a city of about 10,000 people 70 miles northeast of Dallas.
Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2006 - 8:15am
Someone At MSNBC Discovered Unique Management Services of Jeffersonville, Mo., a collection agency that serves 750 public library systems across the United States and Canada. Unique tries to persuade patrons to return overdue items and pay their late fees.
Joanne King, spokeswoman for the Queens Library in New York City, one of the nation's largest public libraries with 840,000 card holders, said her library chose Unique because of its "soft-glove" approach.
"We're not into breaking kneecaps to recover books," King said.
Submitted by birdie on February 21, 2006 - 3:04pm
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2006 - 5:16pm
If you're two weeks late in returning a book to the Baltimore County library, you're likely to get a phone call. If your book is four weeks overdue, you'll receive a notice in the mail.
And if you're Philip Akbar Shabazz, you're sent a letter that begins: "You currently have 402 items overdue from the Baltimore County Public Library. Fees and charges for these items amount to over $8,400."
Library officials say they suspect that the books were sold. Yesterday, Shabazz, a Randallstown resident, went to court to face a felony theft charge. He was convicted and sentenced to three years behind bars.
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2006 - 2:05pm
Seems like we haven't had an overdue story in ages... The Wait Is Over: A public library book issued in 1945 has racked up an overdue fees bill for $6,114 _ but the book's borrower has had the fine waived.
"The Punch Library of Humour," borrowed from Rotorua Public Library 61 years ago, was recently found among family belongings in a house attic in the central North Island tourist city.
A building inspector recognized the significance of the book and, using the list of strict borrowing rules pasted to the front cover, calculated what was owed in overdue fines.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2006 - 11:14pm
Think you could get an entire column out of an overdue book? Well Grand Traverse Herald editor did.
"There are certain words in life that should avoid the adjective overdue: milk, baby and library books.
While chunky two percent is hard to swallow, it's plenty palatable compared to the bitter realization that "Fun and Fancy Free" is three days overdue. After all, besmirching your upright library patron status is neither fun or fancy free."
Submitted by Blake on January 9, 2006 - 7:32am
Anonymous Patron writes " Philly.com provides us a lesson in fine policy when it found that a year-old policy of doubling fees drove revenues down - and patrons away. "Library director Elliot Shelkrot said yesterday that revenues under the policy actually declined.
"Fewer books were coming back, and people were not paying fines, saying, 'I'm out of here,' but more importantly, we saw evidence that fewer people were borrowing books.""
Submitted by Brian on January 2, 2006 - 3:28am
The only reason I'm posting this is it's the first long-overdue-book-gets-returned story of 2006. That, and a lede which says there was a JFK Library in Vallejo, California in 1938. (They must've known he'd be President some day!)
Submitted by rochelle on December 11, 2005 - 4:48pm
Submitted by Blake on September 20, 2005 - 11:01am
An Anonymous Patron writes "Hunt for overdue books is Unique is one from The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, KT, on Unique Management Services, the library collection agency. The company makes its calls from downtown Jeffersonville, from what most recently was a Dollar General Store. The building has space for two, maybe three, times as many callers as the 50-something it has now. After all, most libraries still are not clients.
Co-owners Lyle Stucki and Charlie Gary have confidence in their company's novel niche, though. What library easily can afford to replace everything not returned? Besides, some items cannot be replaced, regardless."
Submitted by rochelle on July 19, 2005 - 3:44pm
CSeanC writes "Some libraries have turned to collection agencies to recover overdue material fines. This can result in damage to credit histories. Found on MSN News and filed under the "one more thing to worry about" department.
Moneycentral.msn.com has more"Update: 07/19 10:55 EST by B:Yes, that's Credit Ratings. Not sure what a crefit rating is, but it sounds dangerous.
Submitted by rochelle on July 3, 2005 - 8:10pm
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is enlisting the help of a collection agency to get back items gone missing on 2000+ accounts. More here from the
Cincinnati Enquirer. The article also tells users to forget about waiting for an amnesty day. The library hasn't had one since the 80s, and has no plans to offer one.
Submitted by Blake on June 20, 2005 - 11:42am
News From California where A Brentwood man will not be fined for a library book that was due when Calvin Coolidge was president, the Oakland Public Library announced Friday.
The book, "Kim'' by Rudyard Kipling, was due back to the Melrose Branch of the Oakland Public Library on Aug. 29, 1927, according to library spokeswoman Kathleen Hirooka.
The book is not the longest-overdue returned book in Oakland's history. That record goes to a copy of "Ghetto Comedies'' by Israel Zangwill, which was returned in 1995, 88 years after it was due. A local contractor discovered the book in a house where he was working, Hirooka reported.
Submitted by Blake on May 3, 2005 - 1:53pm
Anonymous Patron writes "The AP Reports A man who borrowed a book in 1981 from his hometown library in suburban Buffalo has returned it, along with $2,190.
Joel Schlesinger would have owed 10 cents a day up to $10, the maximum penalty for an overdue book that year. Even now, the fine is only 25 cents a day up to $15.
But in 2005, the library system and Erie County have financial troubles. He returned "The Joy of Camping" to the Orchard Park Public Library last Friday with something extra in the check."
Submitted by Blake on March 4, 2005 - 8:07am
Anonymous Patron writes "News From Washington state on a Burlington, Washington man who has been ordered to pay a library $150 and do community service after he was arrested for overdue library books. He insists he tried to give his overdue library books to police. "They wouldn't even take them. That kind of irked me," he said. "I told them they are right on the table, take them. They said 'No, we have a warrant, we have to arrest you.'"