Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that Bournemouth University students spent hugely on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent an extortionate £39,694.89 on library fines. This figure is above average for figures seen at institution’s across the United Kingdom. To put this mammoth figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £2.09 per student! This figure purely relates to overdue items too – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been disclosed.
This large amount is sure to disappoint students, especially with the high cost of living in the area. It should also be noted the University library makes a substantial profit on areas such as printing – something that isn’t included in tuition fees, unexpectedly. Students are urged to return items before their due date, which can help to lower the figure witnessed for the 2016-2017 academic year.
So where did this money go? The University stated that the money ‘goes towards employing students in support of various library services’. This broad response relates to the likes of the shelving staff and support staff for printers and photocopiers etc. It is worth reminding again that this figure didn’t take into account other costs, mentioned earlier, like lost or damaged resources.
All this after students pay over £9,000 a year. While of course 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 make considerable money out of students.