Book Returned to Illinois Library 124 Years Late

Better late than never.

At least, that’s the case with a book returned to the Rockford Public Library more than a century after it was checked out.

The library posted photos of the book in question on Facebook Friday, saying Isabella Heaton, of Chattenham, England, mailed it back to the library 124 years after her aunt checked it out.

“I’ve been sorting through some books left to me by my long deceased Aunt,” Heaton wrote. “She was a wonderful book binder and collected a whole assortment of books, some out of interest, others to restore.”

“In amongst them I came across the book enclosed. I feel compelled to return it to your library!” she continued.

The stamp inside the front cover showed that the book was checked out on May 15, 1893.

The library posted a thank you to Heaton, adding, “We’ll go ahead and forgive the fine!”

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