Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that University of Oxford students spent hugely on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a colossal £167,689.78! This figure is the highest value witnessed in the United Kingdom for library fines. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £7.29 per student! Unsurprisingly, this also results in the highest spend per student at UK institutions. 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 come as a disappointment for students. While of course it is very prestigious to be studying at such a world-class institution, such a large figure is disappointing. 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.
While the University of Oxford is a prestigious University to attend, this is an unfortunate revelation. £167,000 is actually the equivalent of over 18 student’s tuition fees at Oxford alone – to put this figure into perspective. Click the button below to see the full standings.
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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 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. Such a huge figure could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines. These figures are especially alarming for students at Oxford, given that these are the largest fines seen in the UK.