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An Ohio library received a random package recently that ended up being a Bob Dylan album that was finally returned after being checked out 48 years ago.

University Heights Library detailed this special delivery on their website with branch manager Sara Philips saying, “I got a package in the mail from San Francisco that was record-shaped and – lo and behold! – it contained a record from our collection that was due back in June 1973!”

The record in question was 1973’s Self Portrait, which was checked out by Howard Simon, who was only in the eighth grade at the time. Simon included a note with the package stating he found the record while going through his LP collection recently.

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Part of Simon’s letter read, “As a recent retiree, I am taking the opportunity to turn my attention to some of the many vignettes of life that by dint of career and family have been neglected these many years. In that context, I am returning with this letter an overdue item (by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing)….it’s quite late, and I’m quite sorry!”

Also included in the package was a “replacement fee” of $175 due to the album being overdue and the sleeve being in poor shape and a copy of Western Reserve, an album Simon recorded to maybe be added to the library’s collection.

Philips said regarding Simon’s “replacement fee,” “The funny thing about this is that we don’t charge overdue fines anymore–as long as we get the item back, we see no need to penalize people. We’re grateful that Mr. Simon returned the record. I’d said we can now call it even.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.