On 5 October 1789, the first president borrowed two books from what was then the only library in Manhattan - "Law of Nations," a dissertation on international relations, and a volume of debate transcripts from Britain's House of Commons.
George Washington did not even bother to sign his name in the borrower's ledger. An aide simply scrawled "president" next to the title to show who had taken them out.
The two volumes were due back a month later but were never returned and have been accruing late fees ever since. Librarians uncovered the misdemeanor as they were digitizing the library's ledger from that time.
The New York Society Library says it will not pursue the fine but it would like the books back. Unfortunately, the books seem to have disappeared.