Man Returns Book to U. of Liverpool, 61 Years Later

June 16, 2014

Ron Webster was a research assistant at the University of Liverpool in 1953 when he accidentally took a library book with him when he moved to continue his research in London. Recently, when working to thin out his library, he discovered that he had held on to Structure and Function in Primitive Society for 61 years. Planning a trip to Liverpool, he decided to return the book, even as friends warned him that he might face a huge fine. In theory, he owed a fine of £4,500 (more than $7,600). But the university library, amazed by someone returning a book so many years past due, agreed to waive the fine provided that Webster, 91, agreed to "live an exemplary life and return all his books on time." He agreed to the terms.


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