Bob Dylan’s record has been re-released after a 48-year hiatus.

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Bob Dylan’s record has been re-released after a 48-year hiatus.

A double Bob Dylan album has finally found its way home after nearly five decades of blowing in the wind – a man in San Francisco mailed the vinyl back to an Ohio library 48 years after it was intended to be returned.

According to a news release from the Heights Libraries system west of Cleveland, Howard Simon sent the record along with a letter apologizing for his tardiness.

In 1973, as an eighth-grader at a University Heights middle school, he checked out Dylan’s Self Portrait CD.

Mr Simon said he discovered it years later in his vinyl collection, sandwiched between two other Dylan albums.

I’m enclosing a letter with an overdue item that, according to my calculations, is roughly 17,480 days overdue as of this writing.

“As a new retiree, I am taking advantage of the chance to devote my focus to some of the many vignettes of life that have been neglected for many years due to profession and family,” he wrote.

“I am returning with the letter an overdue item, which as of this writing is roughly 17,480 days overdue.”

The album cover is a little battered after traveling with him from University Heights to San Francisco with many stops in between, according to his letter, but the recordings themselves are in “great shape,” according to the library.

Mr Simon also sent the library a $175 (£123) replacement money, as well as the album Western Reserve, which he recorded for the library’s collection.

“The strange thing about this is that we don’t issue late fees any longer – as long as we get the item back, we see no need to penalize people,” said Sara Phillips, branch manager of the library.

“We appreciate Mr Simon returning the record. We can now call it even,” I said.

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