Cardiff University students paid a mammoth £20,106.98 in library fines during the 2016-17 academic year, it has been revealed. This figure relates purely to overdue books not being returned in time. This large figure comes as a surprise, after the University’s new policy of only fining students for an overdue book if another student had reserved it. With around 31,000 students enrolled at Cardiff, this equates to an average spend of approximately £0.65 per student!
This large amount comes amid rising living costs. The University library also enjoys substantial income from printing costs. Printing costs aren’t included within the tuition fee, one of several things we should add… Students are urged to return items before their due date, which can help to lower the figure witnessed for the 2016-2017 academic year in future.
It should be noted that this figure takes into account the change in policy from the University. This change meant that student’s would only pay a fine when they were late returning a book that another student had reserved. If this amount wasn’t included, it is fair to suggest this number would be considerably higher. All things considered, 2016-17 was an expensive year for Cardiff University students at the library!
All this after student’s pay over £9,000 a year. While it can be both annoying and unfair when someone doesn’t return their book in time, it could be argued a lower fine is fairer on students. Either way, the library continues to be a money-making machine.