The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015

The University of Birmingham Library is now subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (PSI Regulations).

The PSI Regulations determine how you can apply to re-use the public information that we hold and how your application will be processed. The regulations require that the public sector body makes available a statement of its Public Task. All information linked to the performance of the Public Task falls within the scope of the PSI regulations.

Library Services produces, disseminates, holds and uses many information items that are presented in various formats.

A list of Information Assets within Library Services is available.

Making an application under PSI Regulations

Make your request via our online form.

If there are any preliminary enquiries or questions, please contact

We will endeavour to respond to your request within twenty (20) working days. Where the request for information is complex or lengthy, processing may take longer. In such cases, we will advise you accordingly. Where we are able to release the requested information for your re-use, we would normally link this to a licence covering your use. You must adhere to the terms of any licence that we issue to you. This may be on a without-cost basis or we may offer the licence to you based upon a charge.

Libraries are permitted under the regulations to recoup any costs arising that are associated with collection, production, reproduction, dissemination or preservation. Libraries are also permitted to make “a reasonable return” on their investment in the underlying information asset(s).

The University of Birmingham reserves the right to refuse a request for the re-use of information under the regulations. Should this situation arise, we will explain to you our reasons for refusing your application.

Complaints procedure

If you believe that the Statement of Public Task for Library Services is inaccurate or incomplete, or if you consider that our response to a request for the release of information for re-use does not comply with the PSI regulations, you may ask that the matter be reviewed internally by emailing

If you are dissatisfied with how we respond to your complaint you may escalate it to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

The information on this page and related data, including the Statement of Public Task, will be reviewed every four years. The next review point will be in 2019.