The book bore markers from the library and had a due date of July 17, 1946.
"That is definitely a record for us, nearly 76 years overdue," the library said on Twitter.
Studdy hand-delivered the book to the library. He said his deceased mother, Eileen Hoyle, must have checked the book out while she was living in nearby Haworth.
Librarians calculated the book would have amassed $4,357.86 in late fees at the current rate, but officials chose to waive the fine.