Library fines

Jack Forks made this Freedom of Information request to Manchester Metropolitan University

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I am conducting a research product in order to ascertain the total number of Library fines that were paid at universities in the UK.

I am therefore writing to ask about library fines during the academic year 2016/2017, under the Freedom of Information Act. 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 if possible – this request solely relates to the cost of items that are returned later than their due date.

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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FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dear Mr Forks

Please find below the information held by the University in the categories you have requested:

Total library fines for academic year 2016-17 were: £66,772, this excludes fines for damaged books. The University has recently moved to a new process for library renewals which is likely to reduce fines this year and in future. Introduced in September 2017, rolling (or automatic) renewals for library items mean that students no longer have to remember when items are due back, or even return them to the library (unless reserved by another student), as the system will now automatically renew items indefinitely. It is currently too early to predict by what amount the fines income will decrease but we expect it to be substantially less than preceding years.

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