A Vanishing Amenity: Libraries Of The Rich and Famous; Keith Richards Owes 50 Years Worth Of Library Fines


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Will E-books and Kindle turn the home library into an endangered retreat? In honor of Keith Richards,  who confessed to owing 50 years worth of book dues, the lavish book nooks of the rich
and well-read:

“Library bosses will waive the fine Keith Richards owes – if he repays the favour by making a personal visit.

The Mirror revealed yesterday how the Rolling Stone rocker failed to return books he borrowed 50 years ago.

But for waiving his estimated £3,000  bill, the boss of Dartford Library has asked him to pay them a personal visit to publicise their work.

And they have been forced to admit they have not kept the records from that time anyway to show exactly how much he owes them.

The library is in the same 19th century red-brick building in the Kent town where Keith used to go as a teenage schoolboy.

Yesterday the Mirror revealed that 69-year-old Keith said: “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago. They must be astronomical by now.”–Mirror

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.” – Keith Richards

Richards has confessed to his “secret longing” of wanting to be a librarian and  his attempt to arrange his collection of thousands of books by the Dewey Decimal system.


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