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.
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.
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…