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I do not understand why he loaned them with a fake name. He could just have made the loans in his own name. If they questioned his high loan numbers, he could have told them that he was compiling a bibliography, or researching typography, or something, in his own free time.

He went through a lot of trouble to make what he did illegal.

I doubt he knew this was illegal. Charging someone with faking a library card is about the same level as shutting down a lemonade stand for failure to have a business license.

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