Overdue book returned decades late to library in the wrong country

An overdue book was returned to a Scottish library 38 years late after being dropped off at a library 750 miles away in England.

The Shetland Library said staff from the Bungay Community Library in Suffolk, England, hand-delivered the book, To Sea in a Sieve by Peter Bull, to the Shetland facility 38 years after it was due to be returned.

“It’s quite aged, as you would expect,” Catherine Jeromson, support services librarian at the Shetland Library, told the Shetland Times. “It was due back on 12th July 1983 — which pre-dates myself.”

The book was returned to the Bungay Community Library, 750 miles away from Shetland, last year. Officials said it had been brought in by a woman who found it at an estate sale in Suffolk.