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It was an offer to hold the book for a period of time until you paid for it. You accepted that offer therefore there is a contract.
Can you explain the situation a little more?
It would depend on the circumstances whether the notice could be used as a defence or not. They would have to accept liability if they were the ones that were negligent. However if a third party caused the damage they wouldn’t. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.