Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that Brighton University students spent considerably on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £18,670.36. This figure however is in the lower echelons of University’s across the United Kingdom, so well done to us all! To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £0.89 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 amount however could be disappointing for student’s, with the number still representing a large amount. It should also be noted the five University libraries make 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.
The University of Brighton’s library charges 50p per day for an overdue item. When you have multiple items overdue, the cost can quickly rise. For the popular ‘desk loan’, fines are an unbelievable £1 per hour! Again, the costs will quickly rise. 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 student’s pay £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, don’t worry about the future of our library’s, it looks like they are getting a strong income!