Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos was left sweating over how much cash he was going to have to splash over an overdue library book he checked out 30 years ago.
On Monday, the Take Me Out singer and guitarist discovered The Chronicler’s Use of the Deuteronomistic History by Steven L. McKenzie, a book he borrowed from the University of Aberdeen on August 21, 1990.
Tweeting the university, he asked: “I’ve just found a library book I borrowed 30 years ago. What’s the best way to return it to you?
“Also, how much of a mortgage will I need to take out to pay the fine?”
Fortunately, the university’s head of library services said the musician would be welcome to use a new scheme set up for students who have been affected by the coronavirus lockdown – with all fines waived.
Librarian Simon Bains said: “Hi Alex. We’re launching a scheme soon to help all graduates return books they’ve had out since lockdown.
“You’re welcome to use it when it’s ready. It’s a good time to do so as we’re waiving fines too.
“Please come and see our shiny new library when we’re open again.”
Kapranos said that was “magnificent” news and promised to “pop up” with the book.
He added: “Would be nice to see the place again.”