On Monday the New York Public Library received an overdue book in the mail approximately 55 years late along with a $100 check.
The New York Public Library received a package on Monday containing an overdue library book returned approximately 55 years late and a check for $100.
The book, "Fire of Francis Xavier," was checked out on April 10, 1958. The book and accompanying check was sent to the Fort Washington branch of the library. The original patron who checked the book out is unknown, and the library is not releasing the name of the person who wrote the check.
“The check is a very kind gesture,” Amy Geduldig, public relations director of the library system told ABC News.
Although the library charges 25 cents per day for overdue hardcover books, the maximum amount charged for the late book would be its cost. Therefore, the $100 is more than enough for a replacement copy. However, if the late fee were calculated over 55 years, it would total $5,018.75.
This isn't the first time a library book has been returned over 50 years late. A Chicago library received a rare copy of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" that was 78 years overdue.
Libraries will sometimes employ collection agencies to collect overdue fees, but in June 2012 a New Mexico woman was arrested over late library materials reportedly worth $35.98.