Top 10 most popular library books since 2016

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Kirklees Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 151 authorities

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To whom it may regard,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Specifically please send me:

- How many libraries does the local authority maintain?
- A breakdown of the number of books borrowed between January 1, 2016 to present day (November 29, 2021).
- A breakdown of the number of books not returned between January 1, 2016 to present day (November 29, 2021).
- A breakdown of the cost of fines given out for library books not being returned, damaged or lost between January 1, 2016 to present day (November 29, 2021).
- A breakdown of the top ten borrowed books (by book title and author's name) between January 1 2016 and present day (November 29, 2021).
- A breakdown of the number of library members for each year between January 1, 2016 to present day (November 29, 2021).
- A breakdown of the number of books and titles banned by libraries between January 1, 2016 to present day (November 29, 2021).

Please provide the requested data in a spreadsheet format, with the data broken down by year and other specific filters I have asked for.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I am submitting this Freedom of Information request from my colleague Claire Wilde's WhatDoTheyKnow account.

Yours faithfully,

Carly Roberts

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Claire,

I confirm receipt of your information request and that we are dealing with this and will respond to you in due course.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow up to 20 working days for responding to information requests.

If you are not content with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Requests for internal reviews should be addressed to the Monitoring Officer, 1st Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2EY. Alternatively, you can send an email to: [email address].

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of any review you have the right under section 50 of the 2000 Act to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request for information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act. The Information Commissioner’s website is at www.ico.org.uk and gives more information about the role and duties of the Commissioner. The ICO telephone helpline on 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 is available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Regards

John Shannon
Information Governance Team
Kirklees Council, Governance Service
Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Freedom of Information)

For more information about how we deal with your personal data, please see the Kirklees Council privacy notice

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent enquiry.

From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to answer your request without further clarification.

The Council requires further information in order to identify and locate the information you have requested. In particular, it would be useful to know with regards to question six, are you requesting the figure of individuals registered with the library service or the number of actie borrowers or alternatively, people who have used the service within the past 12 months?

We also wish to inform you that whilst you have requested the figures relevant to a specific time period, we are unable to provide figures within those time periods and can only provide figures within financial years.

Once you have clarified the information you require, I will action your request. If I do not receive clarification within one month, this question will be considered to have lapsed.

• Under section 1(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA), a public authority need not comply with a request unless any further information reasonably required to locate the information is supplied.

• Under regulation 12(4)(c) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2014 (EIR), a public authority can refuse to answer a request that is too general, provided the public authority has gone back to the requester and asked for extra information, offering advice and assistance to help to explain, clarify or rephrase their request.

Please remember to quote the five-digit reference number above in any future communications.

If I can be of any further assistance, please contact my office.

Kind regards,

Brad Sakaria-Flynn
Information Governance

Civic Centre III | Market Street | Huddersfield | HD1 2EY
Tel: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Brad Sakaria-Flynn)
Email: [email address]

For more information about how we deal with your personal data, please see www.kirklees.gov.uk/privacy

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