Hamilton library sees overdue book returned 46 years late

Better late than never, I guess? The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) just received a book return that surely sets a new record for lateness.

The library shared via social media that a member recently returned an overdue copy of Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week by Laurence E. Morehouse and Leonard Gross that was uncovered while decluttering their grandparents’ basement.

The book was a whopping 46 years overdue, with its original due date set at Thursday, July 22nd of 1976; undoubtedly a book the HPL assumed they’d never see again.

The well-worn book was returned to the library’s Sherwood branch in late August.

Though a book due for almost half a century would have surely amassed a hefty late fee, the Hamilton Public Library notably ended its late fee policy in 2021.

See more on the HPL website.

Lead image courtesy of @HamiltonLibrary

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