Posts Tagged ‘overdue books’

A mere 61 years after borrowing a book from the University of Liverpool Library, Ron Webster of Derbyshire, England decided to return it.   With a massive fine incurred over that time – £4,510 ($8172 AUD) – it must have been a sigh of relief for this 91 year old to learn that the fine was to be waived!

It's never too late!

Read the story posted on NewsOK  a couple of weeks ago.

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Looking for a first-edition copy of Charles Darwin’s “Insectivorous Plants”?

Look no further!   It’s just been returned to the Camden Council’s Public Library in Sydney, Australia – 122 years after it was borrowed!!

First checked out from the Camden School of Arts’ Library on Jan. 30, 1889, the book was  returned to it’s successor, the Camden Council Library in Sydney’s southwest, earlier this month.

As reported by Tim Newcomb in a news article in Time Newsfeed

Library service manager Kathryn Baget-Juleff estimates the late fine could top $37,000, accounting for inflation. But instead of enforcing the fine, the library will send the book into the library’s read-only section where it—hopefully—doesn’t skip out of circulation for another 122 years.

Keeping track of overdue books is the ongoing nightmare of all of us working in school libraries.

Prior to checking out our library overdue policy, one of our students recently ‘fessed up, in front of the class, that he had a book that was eight months overdue!  What can you do but cajole, humour, encourage and hope that the book will be returned one day – soon.

While some of our flock do have a fairly stringent attitude to overdue books, others take this as a signal that the books are indeed being borrowed.   I recollect the day I visited the school library of  a friend’s son.  Sharing titbits as you do when you reveal that you too are a Teacher Librarian, this particular Teacher Librarian proclaimed loudly and firmly that she had no overdue policy in her library.   “Students are welcome to borrow and keep the books for as long as they like”, she told me.

I never did tell her that my friend’s son giggled his way through an admission that he had stacks and stacks of books in his bedroom – many years after he’d graduated from school!

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As we all know, us people who work in Libraries are good at locating most anything our customers are after.   But locating the fate of rare and valuable books that had gone missing from a Library Collection?  Well that’s another story…..

Librarians at East Meadow Public Library in Long Island, NY, came in for a surprise when they started tracking the loss of a couple of valuable books from their reference collection.  Much to their amazement, they discovered that the suspect Library ‘patron’ had a penchant for rare and expensive books.  The give away clue was his very active eBay account.  Noticing the good rating given by his happpy customers, a check revealed tha an estimated 2200 books had been sold on the account over the past 11 years!

It seems that the online detective work by these Librarians has paid off.  The thief has been caught and is to face prosecution.   Read the full story in Library Journal.

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