WELL: The book situation has been resolved, if by 'resolved' you mean 'the book was in the stacks, where else would it be?' I am resisting the urge to send the email I want to send, hoping that quiet will get the fine dismissed that much faster.
UPDATE: Well, it's the book. Except it's not the book. It's the other copy of the book. It's fire and brimstone time, people.
I should be clear this is not a rant against the library system as such, which has been very good to me and my large-ish volume of books I have out at any one time. It's just--how do you prove you don't have something you don't have, especially when it could be either mis-shelved in the stacks or in one of the many, large backstage areas I don't have access to? Bureaucracy, man.