Library Fine

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From: Pip Moss

12 April 2011

Dear University of Edinburgh,

Could you please state how much was collected in library fines for
each of the academic years 08/09 and 09/10?.

Yours faithfully,

Pip Moss

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From: BROWN Jennifer
University of Edinburgh

12 April 2011

Dear Ms Moss

Thank you for your email of 12 April requesting information about the amount collected in library fines at the University in 2008/09 and 2009/10. I am writing to let you know that we have received your request and will process it as soon as possible, and certainly within 20 working days of the day we received the request. You will hear back from us by 10 May at the latest.

Yours sincerely

Jennifer Brown
Records Management Trainee
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

Tel: 0131 651 4253

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From: Theo Andrew

13 April 2011

Dear Pip,

Thank you for your email of 12th April requesting information about
library fines. I am pleased to provide the requested information below.

The total amount of fine and fee payments recorded on the Library
Management System is as follows:

2008/09 - £138,479.86
2009/10 - £107,427.00

Please note that these figures also include charges for lost books and
fines for laptop loans. To put these figures in context the University
of Edinburgh is the largest university in Scotland and one of the UK’s
top rated research universities. It has over 27,000 students, and 8,000
staff. In 2009/10 its turnover was £634 million.

Edinburgh University Library regard fees and fines as a sanction rather
than a way to generate revenue. We send notices to warn patrons of
overdue books prior to the charge being incurred to help get the books
back in a timely fashion and so save patrons from paying fines.
Furthermore EUL has a grace period of 5 days for Standard loan and 1 day
for Short Loan (no grace period for Reserve Loan) to provide leniency
for users who have tried to return an book on the proper day but
operationally we may not have had staffed servcies available to
discharge the item, or perhaps the book is being returned by mail. It is
further indication of our policy of encouraging circulation rather than
penalising users with fines.

Late fee punishments are supported by the student body as it helps
prevent texts from being selfishly and unfairly kept out of circulation
at key times, for example prior to and during examination periods. The
vast majority of students do not incur fines as they use libraries and
their resources responsibly.

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Yours sincerely, Theo

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Theo Andrew
FOI practitioner for
Edinburgh University Library
Tel: 0131 651 3850 (Mon-Weds)
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From: Pip Moss [[FOI #68373 email]]
Sent: 12 April 2011 12:37
To: AAPS Records Management
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Library Fine

Dear University of Edinburgh,

Could you please state how much was collected in library fines for
each of the academic years 08/09 and 09/10?.

Yours faithfully,

Pip Moss

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From: Pip Moss

13 April 2011

Dear Theo Andrew,

Many thanks for this information. For what it is worth your fines
don't strike me as excessive at all, and worked out on a per
student average are lower than the other universities I have yet
received responses from, sometimes up to half of others. Thanks
again for the prompt and clear response.

Yours sincerely,

Pip Moss

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