Public Library Circulation, Anonymized Patron Access Records, and Budget Information

Bree Norlander filed this request with the L.a. County Library of Los Angeles County, CA.
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From: Bree Norlander


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Total circulation of library materials (broken down by material type) for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Please provide these as aggregated monthly totals for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. If possible please include the following details:

-Total physical item circulation (delineated by first time check-outs versus renewals)
-Total number of circulations of electronic materials
-Total circulation
-Electronic Content Use
-Total Collection Use

2. Lost library items aggregated monthly for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

3. Patron circulation records including material due dates and material return dates for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. If possible, please provide these as hashed (de-identified but with unique key per patron).

4. Annual itemized library budget 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 including any donations made to the library. Please provide a record of donations collected aggregated monthly for these years. Please also provide a description of how donations are solicited.

5. The total revenue of fines and total revenue of fees collected 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

6. The current library policy on fines and fees and the date this policy took effect as well as dates of changes to the policy between 2015 and today.

7. The definition (if any) your library uses for "active borrower".

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This request is part of a research project by the Information School at the University of Washington to better understand how removal of library fines affects library circulation, patron visits, and library budgets. We are committed to open access and plan to make our findings broadly available to the public. If fees cannot be waived please inform us in advance.

We ask that, if possible, you please respond via email with data files in machine-readable format (examples include .csv, .txt., .xls/x) or if applicable text documents or clear, high-quality scanned PDFs. If you cannot reply electronically, please mail us the best quality copies you reasonably can. Your efforts help us ensure broad accessibility and equity.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Bree Norlander

From: L.a. County Library

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached response to your request.

Thank you.

ELSA MUÑOZ| HEAD, SUPPORT SERVICES
LA County Library | Support Services
7400 E Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242
P: 562.940.8450
LACountyLibrary.org<http://lacountylibrary.org/> | @LACountyLibrary
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ELSA MUNOZ | HEAD, SUPPORT SERVICES

LA County Library | Support Services

7400 E Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242

P: 562.940.8450

LACountyLibrary.org<http://lacountylibrary.org/> | @LACountyLibrary
2019 Gale/LJ Library of the Year

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Please note, our office is closed on Fridays.

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From: L.a. County Library

Good afternoon Ms. Norlander,

LA County Library responded to your request for information on Thursday. Please confirm that you received the email and were able to open the files.

Thank you.

VERONICA ZARAGOZA | STAFF SERVICES SUPERVISOR
LA County Library | Support Services
7400 E Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242
P: 562.940.8455
LACountyLibrary.org<http://lacountylibrary.org/> | @LACountyLibrary
2019 Gale/LJ Library of the Year

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Please note, our office is closed on Fridays.

From: Bree Norlander

I am unable to access the files on sharepoint. The message I receive when clicking the link is "We're sorry, but norlab@uw.edu can't be found in the lacounty.sharepoint.com directory. Please try again later, while we try to automatically fix this for you. "

From: L.a. County Library

Good morning,

Thank you for your patience. We were unable to share the files, therefore, please see attached files. Please confirm that you are able to view the files.

Thank you.

From: Bree Norlander

Dear Veronica,

I have received the files. Thanks so much for your help with this request! Your response will greatly assist us with our research into the elimination of fines in public libraries.

Sincerely,
Bree Norlander
Research Analyst & Coordinator
University of Washington Information School
norlab@uw.edu

From: L.a. County Library

You’re welcome.

Have a safe and blessed day.

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