Dear Mr Forks

 

Please find below the University’s response to your request for information:

 

1. The total amount of money the library received from the payment of overdue items. Exclude costs of replacing lost books - this request solely relates to the cost of books that are returned later than their due date.

£73,913 (excluding lost items)

 

2. Information about where this money then goes (is it absorbed into a specific library budget for example? if so what one?)

This money is kept within the library for reinvestment in the student experience.

 

3. If possible, from the figure provided in 1, break this down by

a) category of user paying fine (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, staff)

b) country of origin of user paying fine (e.g. France, Italy, US). If only broader categories are possible e.g. "EU", "non-EU" then please provide this instead.

The University does not hold data which breaks down library fines by country of origin; and attempting to provide this would exceed the cost limit for having to comply with a request under s12 of the Act.  The cost limit is currently set at £450/18 hours.  However, in order to assist you as far as possible, the University has answered your remaining questions and has provided an approximate breakdown of fines according to category of user:  

Education Student

           36.25

External User

         502.24

Library Staff

           85.31

PG Researcher

     1,829.59

PG Taught

   13,507.04

Staff

     3,114.93

Student

   54,837.65

 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jack Forks [mailto:[Cais Rhyddid Gwybodaeth e-bost #390328 ]]
Sent: 17 February 2017 13:32
To: FOI <[E-bost cais Manchester Metropolitan University]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Library fines

 

Dear Manchester Metropolitan University,

 

I am writing to ask about library fines during the academic year 2015/2016. For the time period starting from the first day of term, covering the next 364 days (e.g. one full year), please provide:

 

1. The total amount of money the library received from the payment of overdue items. Exclude costs of replacing lost books - this request solely relates to the cost of books that are returned later than their due date.

 

2. Information about where this money then goes (is it absorbed into a specific library budget for example? if so what one?)

 

3. If possible, from the figure provided in 1, break this down by

 

a) category of user paying fine (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, staff)

b) country of origin of user paying fine (e.g. France, Italy, US). If only broader categories are possible e.g. "EU", "non-EU" then please provide this instead.

 

Many thanks, and do let me know if you require any further clarification.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jack Forks

 

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