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Library receives overdue book 50 years later

Librarians can now return 'Ibsen the Master Builder' to circulation after a 51-year absence from a Burlington library. (Source: WCAX via CNN) Librarians can now return 'Ibsen the Master Builder' to circulation after a 51-year absence from a Burlington library. (Source: WCAX via CNN)

BURLINGTON, VT (WCAX/CNN) - Anyone who has ever forgotten to return a book or movie to the library on time has probably gotten an embarrassing phone call to bring it back.

However, one person took library delinquency to a whole new level, neglecting to return a book for 50 years.

Ibsen the Master Builder was checked out of a library in Burlington, VT in 1961 and wasn't returned to circulation until last month.

Needless to say, librarians were thrilled to see it returned.

"Oh it's exciting," said librarian Rebecca Goldberg, of Fletcher Free Youth Services. "It's exciting to see something that has been out for a long time."

At the current rate, 25 cents a day for a late book, overdue charges would total more than $1,800.

However, the actual fine is far less - $5 is the maximum fine allowed.

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