Overdue book returned to Wellington library decades later, after being found in Sydney opshop

A century-old library book, that's now very overdue, has been returned to Wellington City Libraries.

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The Earl of Derby, from 1902, was taken out from Wellington's Newtown Public Library for 14 days, but only made it back this week. Source: Breakfast

The old book was found by bookbinder Barbara Schmelzer at an opshop in Sydney's Northern Beaches.

The Earl of Derby, from 1902, had belonged to the Newtown Public Library branch and was one of its earliest editions.

It was on its last legs, coming out of the cover and was destined for the recycling bin.

However the Ms Schmelzer, who'd spend several years in Wellington, rebound it and sent it back.

The person who got the book out only got it for 14 days, but in a post to Facebook yesterday, the library said it had decided to waive the fee of one penny per day for the first week and two pence per day thereafter.