Library book overdue almost 50 years returned to school

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DAYTON, Ohio —

Nearly 50 years overdue and with a library fine of almost $350, a book has been returned to a university library in southwest Ohio.

A former student who checked out the “History of the Crusades” in 1967, has returned the book to the University of Dayton, accompanied by an apology.

James Phillips, of Minnesota, checked out the book as a freshman before leaving the university to join the U.S. Marines.

The book, along with other possessions, were shipped to his parents home where they stayed until his parents died, he said.

The book was shipped in a box containing his possessions that were sent to him by his brother.

The university said they will not charge Phillips the late fee which would have been near $350.