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‘Sorry it’s a bit late’: Book returned to library after 51 years accompanied by heartwarming note

According to the image shared by Vancouver Public Library of South Hill, the book titled ‘The Telescope’ has been written by Harry Edward Neil.

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New Delhi: Though libraries are getting vanished with the advent of new technologies likes e-books, we still know the essence of issuing books from libraries and the pressure of returning them on the due date to avoid the extra charges. However, someone has taken a decade to return a book to the library. Yes, you read it right! Such an incident happened in Vancouver.

The public library shared an image on their official Instagram account stating that a book was recently returned which was issued 51 years back. However, the book was in the exact same condition and accompanied a heartwarming note inside.

“From your library, very sorry it’s a bit late. ’51 Years’ but in very nice condition. Thank you,” the note said.

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According to the image shared by Vancouver Public Library of South Hill, the book titled ‘The Telescope’ has been written by Harry Edward Neil. The last due date stamped on a card inside the book is April 20, 1971.

The photo of the book shared by the library on June 7 was captioned, “Such a sweet note in this book returned to our South Hill Branch *slightly* overdue (51 years!).”

Further, it stated that no late fees will be charged.

“Eliminating fines = greater access to all. Link in our bio for more details,” the caption further read.

The picture showed that the stamp above a receipt stated an overdue fine of 5% was applicable at that time.

The post garnered 551 likes on Instagram. Meanwhile, netizens were surprised to witness the incident. One of the users wrote, “South Hill has been there over 51 years?” while another one wrote, “Hope they had the time to read it.” The third user wrote, “Better late than never, indeed.”

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