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Library book returned by borrower... 55 years late

It was handed back to a New York library with a cheque for $100 to cover the fine.

Image: CCAC North Library via Flickr

A LONG-OVERDUE book has finally been returned to the New York Public Library — 55 years late.

The New York Daily News says the biography of a 16th-century priest called “Fire of Francis Xavier” was checked out of the Fort Washington branch in upper Manhattan on April 10, 1958.

Library manager Jennifer Zarr tells the newspaper the book arrived at the library on Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope with a cheque for $100 to cover the dues inside.

She says library records don’t go back to 1958 and there’s no way to trace who borrowed the book. She won’t reveal the name on the cheque.

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