Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that Goldsmiths University London students spent heavily on library fines in the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £52,231! This figure is in the mid-range of amounts spent at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £5.80 per student!
his 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 – especially the average spend of each student! While London is an excellent place to study, this additional cost on top of the high living costs is frustrating!
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.
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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. This large figure could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines. At least our library won’t be going anywhere anytime soon…