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Mystery person returns PSU library books 52 years late

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Whoever checked out the books Basic Principles of Speech and Preface to Critical Reading from the Portland State University Library in 1963 just got around to turning them back in--52 years late.

The PSU Library said someone dropped off the books this month with a note saying the unnamed person checked them out for a high school speech class and kept them all these years.

"'Borrowed' these books about 1963 for my high school speech class. They have moved with me many times. It is now time for them go back home. Outdated--yes--but I'll let you decide their fate now," the note read.

But librarian Joan Petit said the library isn't sure what to do with them because they're so old.

"We typically want our books back, but in this case, we didn't really know they were gone," Petit said. "It's not like they are going back into circulation."

Staff don't have any way of determining who checked out the books, since they predate library records.

Back then, the university was known as Portland State College.

The library said it doesn't charge late fees for overdue books.

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