A woman recently lost her mother and went back to organize her family home in Pennsylvania. While she was at it, she discovered a stack of books that she later turned in to a library in Philadelphia. But the most interesting thing is that these books were returned as many as 30 years after their due date. Alexis Azeff reveals that she was organizing her childhood home in Berks County when, in 1992, she discovered a stack of books borrowed from the Free Library of Philadelphia.
According to a report on Billy Penn’s official website, she was not penalized for her good deed because the free library abolished late fees; she even left with a renewed library card so she could borrow more books in the future. Mary Westbrook, one of the children’s librarians on duty that day, claimed that she and other staff had long advocated the change to the fine-free policy because it would encourage customers who couldn’t afford the fines to return their books, even if they were a little late, and continue to use the library’s resources.
The library then took to Facebook to share the following message:
Shared on July 28, this post has received several responses.
“I once had a patron who returned a yoga book two years late, he had his release papers with him and he had been released the previous day. I was impressed and the book was in perfect condition,” said one of them. “So cute. I wish you all put them back into circulation! There may not be a ‘market’ for obscure 90s childhood mysteries, but they’re probably still fun to pick up while browsing,” shared a second . “Better late than never! Lol,” wrote a third.