Test this out: Somebody simply returned a e book to an Idaho library greater than a century after its authentic due date.
The e book was final taken out on Nov. 8, 1911, “so clearly, it was fairly overdue,” library assistant Anne Marie Martin of the Boise Public Library told Idaho 6 News.
The e book, “The New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Wiggin, was revealed in 1907. Somebody just lately returned it to a library in close by Backyard Metropolis, the place a employees member noticed that it had a sticker indicating it belonged to the Boise Public Library.
Whoever was hanging onto the e book appears to have taken nice care of it.
“It’s in excellent form,” Martin told KTVB 7. “I believe the situation can be excellent to glorious.”
The late-fee coverage from when the e book was checked out is printed inside: “Books could also be saved two weeks with out renewal except in any other case labeled; a positive of two cents per day is imposed on overdue books.”
That coverage would imply that whoever checked it out would owe greater than $800 — however that charge wouldn’t truly be levied, Martin stated, for the reason that library doesn’t cost extra in late charges than the price of the e book. On this case, the e book price $1.50.
On prime of that, the library did away with fines for late books altogether in 2019. As a substitute, it doesn’t let people check out any new items when one thing is overdue, and solely costs if an merchandise is misplaced or broken. Many library systems have achieved away with fines in recent times and some research has suggested that abolishing late charges will increase the variety of library customers with out additionally resulting in an uptick in late e book returns.