According to Denver's Channel 7:
"Some of the bed bugs fell out of those materials that had been returned," said Denver Public Library spokeswoman Celeste Jackson.[...]
The infected books came from 69-year-old Denver resident Roger Goffeney. He checks out historic books, some 200 years old, and helps archive them online in an effort called the Gutenberg Project.
When he brought a few of the rare books back, bed bugs from his downtown apartment hitched a ride.
The library said the items with bedbugs were immediately quarantined and prevented from being released into circulation so they didn't affect the public.Unbelievable. How do you deal with idiots like Mr. Goffeney?
The library banned Goffeney three weeks ago and asked him to return the rest of the books to a secure drop.
Instead, the library said Goffeney returned the books a week later to the main book drop and reinfected the library.
The library said it had to destroy 31 books that Goffeney checked out. Now, it wants him to pay as much as $12,000 for the rare books and $6,000 for fumigation costs.
"I have no intention of paying a dime," the retired minister said.