Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that students from Kings College London spent enormously on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students unbelievably spent a total of £113,726.97. This figure is likely to be a shock to student’s, and is among the highest figures seen in the United Kingdom. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £3.92 per student! This figure purely relates to overdue items too – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included.
This amount will be disappointing for student’s, with that average £3.92 spend per student bordering on ridiculous. It is also three times the average of a study of 64 University’s. 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.
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. This sort of figure could also reveal the need to have a discussion regarding the fine structure at the University. Either way, it’s a win for the library, and another disappointment for students.