We've all had a past-due library book or two over the years.

A couple days? Sure. A few weeks? Hey, it happens. But 74 years? Really?

That was the case recently in Berkeley, California, when Jean Durham finally brought back a copy of Sir Walter Scott’s “Lady of the Lake” that was checked out in 1945, TV station WGAL reports.

“[It was] behind a bunch of other books in my home as I was cleaning out my study," Durham told Berkeleyside, a local news website. "My mother must have checked it out in early 1945. My mother did buy some books but mostly she came to the Berkeley Public Library. We were always surrounded by books.”

Luckily, Berkeley libraries no longer charge for overdue books, so Durham wasn't hit with a hefty fine.

“Our circulation has increased [since we eliminated fines],” Amy Reeder, a library spokeswoman, told WGAL. “People thought people wouldn’t bring back books, but that absolutely hasn’t happened and in fact, when they’re 74 years old they bring them back.”