It’s never too late to return a library book, even after 14 years, as one customer found out at a Fife library.   

It started when the customer came in to request some books. They explained that they hadn’t been in for many years and when the team were updating their file, it flagged up there was an overdue book from 2007.  

The customer returned the next day with the book – children’s fantasy novel The Amazing Maurice by Terry Pratchett – and staff were delighted to find it was still in lendable condition after its long absence.  

The return of the book comes as we are reminding customers that overdue fees are still on hold, a move introduced last year when the pandemic first closed our libraries, all of which have reopened. 

No overdue fees are being charged, even if the book was taken out before the pandemic, and OnFife Libraries hopes people will take advantage and bring back any books they’ve been holding onto. 

“We encourage everyone to check their bookcases for any items they might have borrowed before lockdown, or even longer before that! We will give each one a warm welcome, and we’re sure the next person to read it will appreciate it having been returned.   If you’re not sure which books you borrowed you can find out by either getting in touch with any OnFife Library or via the library online catalogue,” says Yvonne Melville, Service Development Team Leader.  

Find your local library here to return your books or take out new ones.