Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that University of Cambridge students spent heavily on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £98,487.25! This figure is in the higher echelons of figures seen in the United Kingdom. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £4.92 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 come as a disappointment for students. While there is no doubting the honour involved with studying at such a prestigious University, this large figure is dismaying. As mentioned in the introduction, the figure is one of the highest witnessed at British institutions. With much discussion in the media currently regarding the hidden costs of University, library fines are certainly part of this 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.
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. This large figure could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.