Since the OU library has gone over to 'self service' books don't have the return date stamped on them. This is a loss of information, because it used to be that when I took a book out I could look on slip in the front to get some idea of how much interest there has been at the university in that subject. (I used to get perverse satisfaction when I found that I was the only person to have borrowed the book in, for example, the last 20 years!)
To be honest, this was probably only 'of interest', I don't know that I ever made explicit use of it, but it is something that's gone. Well, I guess the information is there still, electronically, and if I had access I could even get more information from.
Confidentiality would mean I wouldn't be allowed to know who had borrowed it, I assume, although that info presumably exists on the system*, but even information like what departments the people who borrowed it were in would be useful.
My real point, though, is that while that info is probably there I can't readily access it, unlike a glance at the slip.
*Do I recall that some libraries deliberately don't keep that level of detail? I seem to remember that some destroy it so that the authorities cannot come demanding to see it? I think something along those lines was recounted in The Virtual Revolution about the library at Santa Cruz, but I also think I heard something about it more recently.