Dear University of Edinburgh,

Please provide information regarding:

1. The amount (in £s) charged by the University Central Library (George Square) in
fines for:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

2. The number of items that were fined by Central Library because of:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

3. The number of students that were fined due to:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

Yours faithfully,

Sam Bradley

HOPSON-POW Ellie, University of Edinburgh

Dear Mr Bradley

Thank you for your email of 17/10/2012 requesting information relating to library fines statistics. 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 14/11/2012 at the latest.

Yours sincerely

Ellie Hopson-Pow
Records Officer
Records Management Dept
Edinburgh University

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ANDREW Theo, University of Edinburgh

Dear Sam,

Thank you for your email of 17th October requesting information about library fines. I am pleased to provide the requested information below.

The following figures relate to statistics gathered at the Main Library Service Desk (George Square) during the calendar year 2011:

1. The amount (in £s) charged by the University Central Library in fines for:
a) overdue books - £92,222.98
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen - £7,045.49 replacement fees and £614.26 processing fees

2. The number of items that were fined by Central Library because of:
a) overdue books - 26144
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen - 295

3. The number of students that were fined due to:
a) overdue books - 6605
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen - 233

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 30,000 students, and 7,000 staff. In 2010/11 its turnover was £651 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 services 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 actively 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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Kind regards, Theo

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Theo Andrew
Edinburgh University Library

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From: Sam Bradley <[FOI #133776 email]>
Sent: 17 October 2012 15:05
To: AAPS Records Management
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Library fines statistics

Dear University of Edinburgh,

Please provide information regarding:

1. The amount (in £s) charged by the University Central Library
(George Square) in fines for:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

2. The number of items that were fined by Central Library because
of:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

3. The number of students that were fined due to:
a) overdue books
b) books that were lost/damaged/stolen

Yours faithfully,

Sam Bradley

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