Overdue book returned to Canadian library after 27 years

Workers at Hamilton Public Library in Canada found a copy of The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley in a return bin 27 years after it was last checked out on Dec. 13, 1993.

“Welcome back lost one!” a post about the discovery on the library’s Facebook page reads. A new edition of the book was printed in 2009.

Lisa Radha Weaver, the library’s director of collections and program development, told CBC News she didn’t know where the book had been.

“We do know that our books go on a lot of adventures in our city, our country, around the world,” Weaver said. “We hop the book has had a great few decades away from Hamilton Public Library.”

The library counts 7,606 books — just under 0.8% of its collection — as lost, but that doesn’t include items that disappeared before December 2018.

The library recently eliminated late fees and fines.