Man explains why it took him nearly 50 years to return overdue library book with apology note

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DAYTON, Ohio – Better late than never!

A library book overdue by almost 50 years has finally been returned to an Ohio library.

The University of Dayton says former student, James Phillips, checked out the book in 1967 and finally returned it with an apology letter.

“Please accept my apologies for the absence of the enclosed book History of the Crusades. I apparently checked it out when I was a freshman student and somehow it got misplaced all these years.”

He told the university that he checked the book out shortly before joining the U.S. Marines and simply forgot about it.

After joining the Marines, someone gathered his things from his dorm room and sent them to his parents.

The book stayed in his parents house until they passed away.

He says he recently came across the box of his belongings and found the book.

“I apologize for my oversight in not returning the book before I left the University of Dayton, but I feel much relieved knowing now that it has finally made its way home to where it belongs,” he told the university.

In 1967, students were allowed to keep books for 14 days before they would face a fine of 2 cents per day for every day the book was late.

The university says they won’t be charging Phillips a late fee, which would have been about $350.



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