UofL library book returned 27 years after check out


by WHAS11 editors


Posted on May 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Beneath the echoes of the University of Louisville's Eckstrom library, a mysterious package arrived at the loading dock.

On the package it just simply reads "lower level" and there was a bunch of stamps on it. No one's address on it.

Eleven-year library veteran, Raymond Slaughter, said he discovered two surprises inside the package.

"It turned out it was actually a circulation book that was 27-years-old. When i opened it up it turned out there was a $100 bill in it," Slaughter said.

The sender included no note, the library assumes the $100 is to cover any late fees for checking out "A Complete Guide to Heraldry" by A.C. Fox-Davies in 1986.  The $100 more than covered the fees.

"We usually charge $50 for lost books.  We don't charge for fines. If somebody brings a book late, there's no fine," Slaughter said.

The book had been gone so long, it had been discharged from the system.  It's now been branded with a UPC sticker, scanned and is back on the shelf. 

"It would not have shown up in the system unless someone was particularly looking for it because it was that old," Slaughter said.

WHAS asked Slaughter if he had ever borrowed something and forgotten to take it back?

"Yeah. Yeah I've done that, but then I usually get it back to them, but not 27 years," Slaughter said as he laughed.