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Better Late Than Never: Someone Drops Book, Overdue for 50 Years, Off to New Jersey Library

Someone returns Jules Verne's 'Dropped From The Clouds' to Phillipsburg Free Public Library library decades later

Someone has returned a book to a New Jersey library 50 years after it was taken out.

The Phillipsburg Free Public Library says its copy of Jules Verne's "Dropped From The Clouds" was left in its book drop on Thursday. It had been checked out on Jan. 5, 1967.

Library director Deb Messling tells NJ.com that records don't go back that far to determine who had checked it out.

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"We have very long memories but not that long," Messling told NBC10 Philadelphia.

The book's condition, and smell, are too poor to return to the shelves, Messling said.

The library's late fee is 10 cents a day, but it is capped at $3.

Messling joked that she wished they could charge the full late fee because it would help with the library's budget.

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