Man Gets Jail Time for Overdue Library Book

Do not be late returning library materials in Copperas Cove. The central Texas city adopted an ordinance four years ago that allows library patrons to be arrested for overdue books and other materials.

Jory Enck was arrested a week or so ago. Court records indicated that Enck checked out a GED guide in 2010 and didn’t respond to the library’s calls or other attempts to have the guide returned.

“Library policies show the patron must have the overdue book checked out for a minimum of 90 days and not respond to phone calls or emails from the library about the book before the municipal court is notified,” reported

Library patrons are not happy, according to municipal judge Bill Price.

“Nobody wants to get arrested over a library book,” Price said.

I reckon so.

“The other side of that is people that go to our library and can’t have these materials, they’re put out too,” he added.

The day after Enck’s arrest, the GED guide was back on the shelf at the Copperas Cove Public Library. Enck’s library card was found inside the book. Maybe he won’t be using it anymore.

(H/T: GalleyCat)


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