Note found on ripped library book
The note attached to a repaired book returned to the Main Street branch of the Toronto Library Toronto Public Library/Facebook

A young reader named "Jackson" who accidentally ripped a page of the library book he was reading when he fell asleep in bed has written a letter of apology to a Canadian library. Now the "adorable" note is gathering reams of attention online after the Toronto Public Library posted it on its Facebook page on 15 August.

The note was found at Toronto's Main Street library branch on 14 August clipped to an Asterix comic book that had one page repaired with tape. "I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bunk when I fell asleep reading" said the note signed "from Jackson". The note promises that "it won't happen again" before apologising.

The note has now been shared more than 700 times and gathered more than 3,000 likes over the weekend. Staff from the library have said they will display the note inside the branch as a keepsake.

"You're so honest Jackson! Keep it up," wrote reader Al Samson on Facebook underneath Jackson's note. "Falling asleep while reading happens to everyone. So don't worry. I know the library will understand. And your gesture to be apologetic and honest is the most important lesson here. Thanks for inspiring us old folks."