Bexley libraries missing 27,000 books for up to seven years

PUBLISHED: 09:17 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:51 24 September 2013

A comic book fan has been enjoying a book on crime fighting superhero Batman for more than seven years.

Batman: The Animated Series Guide was issued by community services in May 2006, making it the most overdue book in Bexley.

In the same year, My Little Shimmery Glittery Playtime Book was taken out of Sidcup Library, Hadlow Road, Monster Mania was issued and someone borrowed Going Swimming and Spot Goes to the Farm from Thamesmead Library, in Binsey Walk.

They are among 27,204 books currently overdue from libraries across the borough, with a whopping £19,180 fines unpaid in the last year alone.

More than £70,500 was paid by dutiful library users for overdue books in the year.

If the books were returned, the forgetful readers would owe a maximum £15 per item as charges are capped.

The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Times.

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