Man in Holland, Michigan Returns Library Book He Borrowed in 1967

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 28, 2016 Updated: January 28, 2016

A patron who borrowed a book in 1967 from a Michigan library has finally returned it.

The book was mailed to Diane Kooiker, the director of the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan.

Along with the book was a check to cover fees, and a letter explaining what happened.

“Somewhere along the way it got mixed up with my personal things and put into a trunk and shipped back to New York,” the library patron wrote. “I have moved the trunk many times but until recently never opened it. Upon doing so, I found your book.


We received this letter in the mail this week. Love it.

Posted by Herrick District Library on Friday, January 22, 2016

“Please accept the book and my modest donation to cover what I am sure is a tremendous fine,” the man, who has not been identified publicly, wrote.

Kooiker was fine with the check and said the man faces no punishment. 

“It more than covered the cost of the book,” she said of the check, reported MLive. “We enjoyed the trip down memory lane and realize that there are good, honest people who have inadvertently misplaced a book. This is a little outside normal.”

The title of the book wasn’t disclosed.