Epic sci-fi library book, 2001: A Space Odyssey, gets returned 53 years late!


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4 Jun 2021
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Now, this one's firmly into NerdZone territory. :cool: Fancy returning an epic sci-fi library book 53 years late! It's a first edition too and just look at the excellent condition it's in.

Since it wasn't handed in by anyone, but found in a bag containing other things, it's really a lucky find rather than an intentional return.

A library copy of the classic sci-fi novel 2001: A Space Odyssey has been returned more than 50 years late.

The first edition of the ground-breaking Sir Arthur C. Clarke title was last date-stamped in Scunthorpe on 11 October 1969.

North Lincolnshire Council said it could technically have incurred a late return fine equivalent to about £4,500.

However, the local authority recently decided to permanently abolish late return fees.

The book, which was created concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's hit 1968 film, was found in a bag alongside library-owned sheet music of Elizabethan love songs and blues numbers.

The novel is finally back on a shelf at Scunthorpe Central Library for others to enjoy once again.

Don't all rush out at once to borrow it...

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