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

Bree Norlander filed this request with the Oak Park Public Library of Oak Park, IL.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Bree Norlander

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information 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".


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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Bree Norlander


To MuckRock News::

The Oak Park Public Library has received your request for information. We
will compile the readily available information and respond within 5 working

Thank you,

Jeremy Andrykowski

*Jeremy Andrykowski*, Director of Operations
Oak Park Public Library | 834 Lake St. | Oak Park, IL 60301 | p 708.697.6918 | <>

From: Oak Park Public Library

March 6, 2020

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 88564

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

TO: MuckRock News:

In response to your information request that was received at the Oak Park
Public Library on March 2, 2020, I am attaching the pertinent documents
that are available. I also am responding to the questions in turn, noting
any items that are not available.

1. See spreadsheet – “OPPL Collection Use 2015-2018”

2. Not Available – The Oak Park Public Library does not maintain
records for lost library items beyond billing and clearing of the database.

3. Not Available – The Oak Park Public Library does not maintain
patron circulation records that include due dates and return dates beyond
items currently checked out.

4. See spreadsheet –

a. “Budget_Actual YTD 2015-2018”

b. “Gifts and Gifts from FOPPL 2015-2018”

5. See spreadsheet – “Budget_Actual YTD 2015-2018” (Service charges
and fees) – Note that this account line contains other charges, but the
majority of revenue was from late fees.

6. See PDFs – “User Service Charges and Fines 20XX”

7. “Active Borrower” at the Oak Park Public Library is a patron that
has used their card (a count tracked on the card) within the past 12 months.

Please contact me directly with further questions or inquiries.

Thank you,

Jeremy Andrykowski - Director of Operations


Oak Park Public Library

*Jeremy Andrykowski*, Director of Operations
Oak Park Public Library | 834 Lake St. | Oak Park, IL 60301 | p 708.697.6918 | <>

From: Bree Norlander

Dear Jeremy,

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.

Bree Norlander
Research Analyst & Coordinator
University of Washington Information School