Decades later, western Michigan library gets book back

Associated Press

Holland — A book has been returned to a library in western Michigan — 49 years later.

The borrower says he was a college student in 1967 when he checked out a book about World War II from the Herrick library in Holland. He says the book was stored in a trunk that hadn’t been opened until recently.

Library director Diane Kooiker declined to identify the book, the man’s name or the amount of money given to the library.

In a letter to the library, the man described it as a “modest donation” to cover what could be a “tremendous fine.”

Kooiker tells The Grand Rapids Press honest people sometimes can misplace a book.