Freedom of information response

Library Information

Publication date: 
Monday 10 September 2018

For the last year

1) Which book gets taken out the most?
2) Which book doesn't get returned?
3)Which book gets checked out the least?
4) What is the highest late fee you had to charge and for which book?


1) Unfortunately we are unable to provide this as the figures provided for this answer are cumulative across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Please see attached appendix 1 containing the top 10 books.

2)  Adult - Get Even” by Martina Cole (Jan-Dec 2017).

     Child - “The boy in the dress” by David Walliams (Jan-Dec 2017).

3) There are thousands of titles involved, it is not possible to provide an individual title.

4) We charge a maximum of £11.20 per book if the book is returned 8 weeks or more. Again, it is not possible to provide an individual title as there are thousands involved.

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Request reference:
FOI 8187