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

FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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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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request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of this decision,
you should write to Head of Legal Department, All Saints Building,
Manchester, M15 6BH, or at [email address].  If you are not content with
the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision.  Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Legal
Department.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.

 

FOI & DPA Officer

Legal Services|The Manchester Metropolitan University | All Saints| Oxford
Road | Manchester | M15 6BH

Email: [1][Manchester Metropolitan University request email]

Web Page: [2]http://www.mmu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

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