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, but still represents a substantial amount. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £0.89 per student! Read on for more.
The figure of £18,670.36 relates purely to fines levied for overdue items – other fines such as those pertaining to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been disclosed. While the total spend per student is lower than many institutions, the overall expenditure is still high. This is a disappointing result for the University.
Moreover, the University library also charges for printing – making a healthy profit from all sales in the process. There are many extra costs to University – with tuition fees merely a starting point. 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 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, don’t worry about the future of our library’s, it looks like they are getting a strong income!