Revealed: How Much Did UWE Students Spend on Library Fines?


Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that University of the West of England (UWE) students were well behaved in terms of library fines for the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £7,506.09. This figure is well below the average for library fines at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £0.28 per student. This figure purely relates to overdue items too – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included.


The University library is a building frequented by students


Despite being among the lowest spend’s per student, this amount could still come as a disappointment for students. While UWE offers a good student experience, this additional cost 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. The University did note that they had written off £2006.05 worth of fines, though the exact reason behind this remains a mystery.



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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 figure could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines. At least our library won’t be going anywhere anytime soon…





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