Book returned to library 40 years late!

Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach”

A book has been returned to Hornsby Library almost 40 years late!

Staff at Hornsby Library received a package on Monday containing Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach” with a slip of paper saying that it had been found in a deceased estate.

Nevil-Shute---On-the-Beach-cardUpon opening the book, the staff found an old library card that listed the last check-out date as 1977, so it was being returned almost 40 years overdue!

More importantly, it showed that the book had been purchased in 1970, in preparation for the opening of the new library which opened in April 1972. The card showed that the book had been first borrowed in January 1973 which makes it one of the first books to be used in the new library.

“It’s quite amazing that rather than just chucking it out, this person went to the effort of sending it back to us,” staff member Karen Richardson said.

Due to the age and poor condition of the book, it won’t be returning to shelves for modern readers, but it will still be put to good use – first temporarily on display in the library, then placed in the Local Studies Stack Collection as part of the library’s history.

It is one of the 3, 300 ‘long overdue’ items in Hornsby Library’s collection.

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