Library Book Hog?

Author:Cohen, Randy
Position:Ethical Dilemma - Brief article
 
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My library book is due today, but I haven't finished it yet. I can't renew it because the library put it on hold for someone else. I'm willing to pay the penalty of 25 cents a day so I can keep reading. May I do that, or must I return the book?

--Rachel, Salem, Oregon

YOU MUST return the book on time. That 25-cent charge isn't a rental fee but an incentive to return the book promptly. The fact that the fee isn't high enough to provide a proper incentive--say, $25 a day--doesn't give you the freedom to hang on to a popular book past its due date. Similarly, the ability to pay...

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