The 74-year-old book has returned to the California library

It's never too late.

At least that's what Jean-Durham, a Berkeley resident for life, thought of when he recently returned a book to the Berkeley Public Library after 74 years.

As first reported by Berkeleyside, Durham was cleaning up his studio when he discovered a copy of Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake" that his mother had checked in 1945. The expiration date was September 10th of that # 39 ;year.

"Behind a pile of other books at my house while I was cleaning my studio. My mother must have verified it at the beginning of 1945, "Durham told Berkeleyside. "My mother bought some books, but mostly she came to the Berkeley Public Library. We were always surrounded by books. "

Durham told the library that he wasn't worried about getting a ticket and simply wanted to take the book back to the library as soon as possible. The Berkeley Public Library has eliminated the fines in July 2018 for the late return of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines for adolescents and adults.

"Our circulation has increased," said Amy Reeder, with communications for the Berkeley Public Library. "People thought that people would not bring back books, but this has not happened at all and in fact, when they are 74 years old, they bring them back!"

The book is currently at the central branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Reeder said the book is in great shape, but it is not certain that they will bring it back into circulation.

Tessa McLean is a digital publisher with SFGATE. Send an email to

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