A library in the Dutch town of Groesbeek celebrated the return of a long-lost book on Tuesday when one of the patrons brought back a novel that was nearly 40 years overdue, news agency DPA reported.
The library, located in the Dutch town of Groesbeek near the German border, posted a picture of the book and its checkout card on Twitter.
The stamp on the card reads “05 March 1981” making the book 39 years, 13 weeks and 5 days overdue.
“The reader must have had a hard time letting go,” the Groesbeek community library said, also commenting that sometimes as a librarian, “you do not believe your own eyes.”
The book that he held onto for so long was a 1965 novel called “Terug naar Oegstgeest” (or “Back to Oegstgeest”) by Dutch author Jan Wolkers.
Dutch news agency ANP calculated that the man’s overdue fees should have amounted to nearly €1,531 ($1,726).
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But the man was in luck, the Groesbeek community library sets a limit for its overdue fees, meaning the man was able to pay just a €5 fine.
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