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IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – Borrowed books from school/ college library

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You borrowed some books from your school or college library. Unfortunately you have to go away to visit a sick relative and cannot return the books in time.

Write a letter to the library. Explain what has happened and tell them what you want to do about it.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (172 Words, 10 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Rona Lyn Olivar. A 4th year nursing student and a regular borrower of the main college library with library number 442805. I am writing to you today because I am afraid I cannot return the books I have borrowed on time.

I borrowed 2 books namely Psychiatric Nursing 5th edition by Sheila Videbeck and Psychology for Nurses by Harold Mcgarry on the 15th of March and will be due today. However, it is very unfortunate that my grandmother has brought to the hospital in Makati Medical Center in Metro Manila, which is 5 hours away from this province. At the time you are reading this letter, I am now on the bus on my way to the hospital.

However, I asked my roommate to return the books I have borrowed today, but she said she can do it tomorrow because she has important things to do this day. I am willing to pay the fine as soon as I arrived.

I am hoping for your consideration regarding this matter.

Yours faithfully,
R. Olivar.

Written by Rona Lyn Olivar

Sample Answer 2 (169 Words, 7 Sentences, 5 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am writing this letter to explain why I have been unable to return the three books have out on three-day loan, which are now overdue. After taking the books out on 16th March, I had an urgent phone call from my elderly aunt’s neighbor to say that my aunt had had a fall and had been taken into hospital. I am her only surviving relative in this country, so I felt I had to go and see her immediately. I traveled down to Surrey the following morning, thinking I would stay for only two or three days. Unfortunately, my aunt’s condition has only improved very slowly, so I have had to stay here longer than expected. However, the hospital says that if all goes well, she should be able to go home in two or three days’ time, in which case I will be back at the beginning of next week.

Dealing in mind the circumstances I trust you will kindly waive any fines that may have accumulated.

Yours sincerely,
Jannatul Ferdous Hena.

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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