YP Comment: Library’s turn-up for the books

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IT was a turn-up for the book when a copy of The Siege of Troy and the Wanderings of Ulysses – by author Charles Henry Hanson – was returned to a Leeds library more than a century after being borrowed. An inheritance gift, the new owner’s honesty paid off after librarians waived the 22p-a-day charge normally applied to books not returned on time. An unusual example of how libraries have spanned the generations, will there even be a service in another 100 years time if a neglectful reader forgets to return the latest page-turner written by Barbara Taylor Bradford or Peter Robinson, two enduring authors from Yorkshire, or will digital technology have rendered books obsolete?

An inheritance gift, the new owner’s honesty paid off after librarians waived the 22p-a-day charge normally applied to books not returned on time. An unusual example of how libraries have spanned the generations, will there even be a service in another 100 years time if a neglectful reader forgets to return the latest page-turner written by Barbara Taylor Bradford or Peter Robinson, two enduring authors from Yorkshire, or will digital technology have rendered books obsolete?

Let’s hope not.