Dear Edge Hill 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

foi, Edge Hill University

Dear Jack Forks

Acknowledgement of request for information Ref: FOI161714364

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. Your request was received in our offices on 17th February, 2017 and is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Act, the University is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information no later than 10th March, 2017.

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information. Some of these are qualified exemptions which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information. In these circumstances we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind Regards
Lisa Cobain

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foi, Edge Hill University

Dear Jack Forks

Response to Request for Information: FOI161714364

Thank you for your email requesting information relating to activities at Edge Hill University, this request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In response to your request I can confirm the following information, numbered accordingly :

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.
* Overdue book fines for academic year 2015-16 amounted to £13,406.53.

2. Information about where this money then goes (is it absorbed into a specific library budget for example? if so what one?)
* All payments are processed via the University Finance department and not held directly by the library, however part of the fine may find its way back to the library via annual budget/funding support processes.

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.
* Information not held.

We trust that this information fully answers your request however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you have the right to ask for an internal review, quoting the above reference number in all communications. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Dr C Hutchinson-Howorth, Director of Strategic Planning at the University.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner requesting he review our decision. You must submit your complaint in writing to the Commissioner within six months of receiving the response to review letter. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards
Lisa Cobain

Freedom of Information Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk L39 4QP

Email: [Edge Hill University request email]
DDI: 01695 650791

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