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Library loans (2018)

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  1. A list of the 20 most-borrowed titles from the House of Commons library over the past 12 months
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  3. A list of the 20 most-requested books from the House of Commons library over the past 12 months
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  5. A list of the 10 most overdue titles over the past 12 months and detail on the amount of time these titles were overdue by
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  7. A full list of titles reported as lost/missing in the past 12 months and the estimated value of each book
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  1. A list of the 20 most-borrowed titles from the House of Commons library over the past 12 months
    Some of this information is held by the House of Commons.
    Table 1 listing the twenty books which were borrowed most frequently during the period 15 January 2018 – 30 April 2018.
    Please note that the House of Commons Library introduced a new library management system on 15 January 2018, and information relating to the period before that date is no longer available. It is therefore not possible to provide a list of the twenty most-borrowed titles over the whole period of twelve months as requested. However, information from 1 May 2017 to 30 September 2017 is already available on our website. 
    As this part of the information is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), this part of your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
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  3. A list of the 20 most-requested books from the House of Commons library over the past 12 months
    This information is not held by the House of Commons as the information is not recorded. In practice, however, the list is likely to be similar to the list of the most-borrowed books as the House of Commons Library is able to supply a copy of virtually every book for which it receives a request.
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  5. A list of the 10 most overdue titles over the past 12 months and detail on the amount of time these titles were overdue by
    This information is held by the House of Commons.
    Table 2, the ten books loaned since 1 May 2017, which were most overdue as at 11 May 2018.
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  7. A full list of titles reported as lost/missing in the past 12 months and the estimated value of each book
    Table 3 Information held by the House is complete to 31 March 2018.
    The linked table shows all titles which were presumed lost during the period April 2017 – March 2018. Please note that, unless specified, ‘estimated values’ are based on current prices from Amazon (as at 16 May 2018) for these titles.
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