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Posted at 3:47 PM ET, 10/23/2010

Va. library book returned after 35 years

By Washington Post Editors

A novel checked out in 1975 from the College of William and Mary library is back among the stacks.

The long-term lender is Pat Harkin, who found the book of Leon Uris' “QB VII” in a box fully intending to return it during several past homecomings.

On Friday, he made good on his intentions.

The library caps its fees at $35. Otherwise, the overdue fee could have hit $1,400 at today's dime-a-day late fee.

To atone for his late return, Harkin told the Daily Press of Newport News he made a cash donation to the library. It was more than the $35 overdue fee, but less than the $1,400 he might have owed.

By Washington Post Editors  | October 23, 2010; 3:47 PM ET
 
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Pat Harkin is the 'borrower', not the 'lender'
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"The long-term lender is Pat Harkin, who found the book of Leon Uris' “QB VII” in a box fully intending to return it during several past homecomings."

Posted by: FairfaxDoug | October 24, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

"The long-term lender [sic] is Pat Harkin, who found the book of Leon Uris' “QB VII” in a box fully intending to return it during several past homecomings."

Did you not mean the long-term "borrower"?

Posted by: egb3 | October 24, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Did he ever graduate? My college is very strict about not letting you graduate if you have books checked out.

Posted by: frantaylor | October 24, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

He had the book 35 years. Did it take him that long to read the whole book?

Posted by: momof20yo | October 24, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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