Figures obtained by UniEel have shown that students from City University London spent heavily on library fines for the 2016-17 academic year. Students spent a total of £48,061.27! This figure is above average for values seen at UK institutions. To put this figure into perspective, this equates to a spend of approximately £2.53 per student. This figure purely relates to overdue items too – other fines such as those related to lost/damaged resources, haven’t been included.
So, almost £50,000 spent on fines for overdue library books! This really is an unbelievable amount! As shown in this article, there is a lot to do as a student at City University. Something that quite rightly doesn’t make our list of things to do however is to spend money on library fines.
Moreover, the University library profits from substantial income elsewhere from students – including printing, food and drink. The total cost of University appears to go well, well beyond the tuition fee. 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 thousands of pounds in tuition fees each 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, alongside several other high figures from many Universities, could prompt discussion regarding the fairness of library fines.