Overdue ebook returned to Massachusetts library after 119 years

BOSTON — On Feb. 14, 1904, somebody curious in regards to the rising prospects of a key power of nature checked out James Clerk Maxwell’s “An Elementary Treatise on Electrical energy” from the New Bedford Free Public Library.

It could take 119 years and the sharp eyes of a librarian in West Virginia earlier than the scientific textual content lastly discovered its means again to the Massachusetts library.

The invention occurred when Stewart Plein, the curator of uncommon books at West Virginia College Libraries, was sorting by a current donation of books.