Book returned to Reynoldsburg library branch after 56 years

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Reynoldsburg Branch got quite the surprise this week when someone turned in a book that was 56 years overdue.

A high school sophomore checked out a copy of “Moby Dick” that was due on March 7, 1967, according to the library.

Just over half a century later and the library got its book back.

It was returned in the form of a package with the original library book in addition to a brand-new copy and a letter from the person who borrowed it.

Reynoldsburg Branch Manager Amanda Ekwall said that the borrowed book from 1942 will make a great addition to the new branch which is expected to open next year.

“The customer just apologized for returning it so overdue, and of course which I thought this was very touching, is that they acknowledged the inconvenience and frustration that it could have caused other customers that were wanting to read that title,” Ekwall said.

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