February 26, 2024

Native Information

The library’s advantageous coverage on the time was two cents per day, which might quantity to greater than $600 immediately.

Watertown Free Public Library

A ebook checked out almost 90 years in the past lastly made its manner again to Watertown’s public library.

The Watertown Free Public Library posted on Fb that somebody in Washington, D.C. discovered a replica of “Hill Cities of Italy” by Egerton R. Williams Jr. and returned it whereas on a visit to Boston. The ebook, revealed in 1903, was final checked out on Jan. 30, 1934. It apparently by no means made its manner again to the Watertown cabinets.

The library’s advantageous coverage on the time was two cents per day. The “far-flung patron” would have owed round $656 immediately, the library mentioned. 

“Luckily for them, we not cost late fines! Let’s take a look at what else has modified since 1934,” they wrote on Fb.

The library took the prospect to mirror on adjustments over the previous century. Inside “Hill Cities of Italy” have been WFPL’s former insurance policies, together with summer time hours and misplaced ebook insurance policies. 

“This ebook could also be stored for FOURTEEN DAYS,” the within cowl learn. Now, the library has three week mortgage intervals with computerized extensions. The library additionally doesn’t cost any late charges, as of 2020.

“TFW you get a information ebook out from the native library however then by no means come again from Italy,” somebody commented. “Precisely!” the library replied.