I once found a book years when moving, after I had denied loosing it
I also had to take a book back to the library that has been set a light by a tour guide in Morocco by accident as I had spilled brandy on it and he was trying to dry it over an open flame. YEs he had not thought that one out.
I was more than happy to pay for a replacement (which i did ) but the library did not see the funny side of it
The best way never to have a book back late is to read a short story by Stephen King called the librarian. you will NEVER be late back with a book EVER again!
Yes, a couple of times. Once I accidentally returned a book to the wrong library (the city council one instead of the TAFE one) and wasn't able to get it back. The TAFE library charged me a pretty large fee (to a poor student) to replace it. They had a policy where if you kept the book beyond a certain time then you would get charged a fine and a replacement fee even if you returned the book. I wonder how many people kept books out of spite since they were being charged for them anyway.
I've also returned books which were not checked in properly so the library said I hadn't returned them. I had to go and look for them on the shelves myself and bring them to the front desk before they would believe me. The city council library are really good about this though, and will look for the books for you if you ask them nicely.
I accidentally kept a library book about Windows. By the time I found it at the back of my bookcase it was years later and I figured it was out of date and the library should have thrown it out by that stage anyhow.
I love libraries.
I love books.
I did once without realising it. We had moved house and I hadn't got mail for a while before the diverted mail came through to say that I had a book overdue. I returned it very very late because I had to organise to go back to my own library.
Although I've always been pretty good with looking after library books, when my daughter was younger she'd sometimes misplace hers...usually in the mess under her bed. Most of the time we'd (eventually) find them, but there were a couple of occasions when they just vanished and we ended up having to pay a fine.
I'm inclined to think that libraries can sometimes make mistakes, though. I remember one time years ago when I was certain that a book was returned but the library said it wasn't. They were really nice about it and I paid the fine without arguing but I'm certain that it had been returned.