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    Posted: 12-Mar-2008 at 00:52
I would really hate to have to pay the fine on this overdue book.

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Library book returned more than a century late

Wednesday Mar 12 07:00 AEDT

A Finnish library-goer apparently thought 'better late than never' and quietly returned a book on loan for more than 100 years to a library in Vantaa, in southern Finland.

The library had long since lost track of the loan but welcomed back to its collections the bound copy of a 1902 volume of Vartija, an active religious monthly periodical at the time.

"We are unclear when exactly it was borrowed and who returned it. There weren't any documents with it," librarian Minna Saastamoinen told Reuters.

"There is an old note attached to the book which says there is a fine of 10 pennies a week for late returns," she added.

The library sticker inside the cover, and the old-fashioned handwriting on it, showed the book was last officially loaned out at the beginning of the last century, she said.

Finland is known for a comprehensive library network with more than 900 libraries for its 5.3 million inhabitants. In 2006, each Finn on average visited a library 11 times and borrowed nearly 20 books.

The periodical was borrowed such a long time ago that the Korso branch of the Vantaa library, where the tome was finally handed in, did not even exist when the book was borrowed.


http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=390364

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Finns can always surprise me.
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Not such an interesting sounding 'book.' Wonder why they wanted to keep it so long?
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  Quote Balaam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Mar-2008 at 00:34
Originally posted by Brian J Checco

Not such an interesting sounding 'book.' Wonder why they wanted to keep it so long?



Probably just a slow reader.
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